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Second round of auction: 13 vends fetch Rs 10.25 cr

The UT Excise and Taxation Department on Friday failed to auction 69 liquor vends out of the total 82 which were left in the first round.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 28, 2012 2:50:26 am

The UT Excise and Taxation Department on Friday failed to auction 69 liquor vends out of the total 82 which were left in the first round. In the second round of auction,the department was able to net Rs 10.25 crore by auctioning 13 vends.

In the recently held auction,the department had netted Rs 140 crore after auctioning 135 vends.

The department had received 19 bids for only 13 vends out of the total 82 vends which were put on auction. However,the department officials maintain that even after failed effort of auctioning 69 vends,they have earned a comfortable edge as far as the revenue is concerned.

A senior official on condition of anonymity said,“Last year,by auctioning 190 vends,we had earned Rs 125 crore. This year,we have auctioned 148 vends so far and have already netted over Rs 150 crore.”

In the auction that lasted only for half an hour on Friday,the highest bid was for the pre-fabricated liquor vend in Manimajra close to Panchkula border which went for Rs 1.21 crore as against the reserved price of Rs 61 lakh. This was followed by a liquor vend in showroom in Sector 30 which fetched Rs 1.11 crore against the reserved price of Rs 88 lakh. The third highest bid was for a liquor vend in Sector 26 which went for Rs 97.28 lakh.

Out of the remaining 69 vends,38 are country liquor vends and 31 are IMFL vends. Officials maintain that bids will be invited for the remaining vends for the third round of auction with a five per cent reduction in the reserved price of each of the vends as per the UT’s excise policy.

However,even after the third round,if some vends remain,there could be a chance that certain vends would be shut down in the absence of any bidders,but that would hardly have any impact on the revenue earned by the department so far or at the end of the current fiscal year.

“Further,the vends auctioned later than May 1 when the new excise policy with increased duties in liquor will come into force,the only effect it will have on the licensee will be that instead of 365-day license to operate the vend,he will have lesser number of days to function,” said the official.

Licence to pre-fabricated structures for selling liquor subject to PIL outcome,says High Court

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday made it clear that any allotment of licence to pre-fabricated structures for sale of liquor will be subject to outcome of a public interest litigation (PIL) pending before the court.

Some residents had moved the High Court a fortnight back against the grant of liquor licence in “pre-fabricated temporary structure” in various parts of the city. The High Court had issued notices to the Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Corporation on the petition filed by Amit Jain of Industrial Area Phase I and other city residents.

The petitioners have sought directions to the administration and MC authorities to discontinue the grant of liquor licence in “pre-fabricated temporary structure” alleging that it is not only illegal,but also hazardous to public at large as it endangers free flow of traffic movement because of the location of these structures. It is also injurious to health and overall atmosphere on account of lack of amenities,the petitioners added.

Senior lawyer Chetan Mittal,counsel for the petitioners,also sought directions to quash the excise policy of the administration in respect of such sale,which has been named as “L-14-A” licences as per excise policy for the year 2011-2012 or in the alternative to discontinue the same in future excise policy commencing from May 1,2012. Mittal also contended that taverns have become frequent source of traffic hazards,parking woes,drunken brawls,accidents,crimes and have also become a routine/regular source of public nuisance.

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