The Delhi government has decided to penalise those bringing liquor above 1 litre into the capital from neighbouring cities such as Gurgaon, Sonepat and Faridabad. The move is aimed at boosting the Excise department’s revenue.
Citing Section 33 of the Excise Act 2009, officials said a person cannot bring more than 1 litre of liquor to Delhi from other states.
Those who violate this section can face imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of up to Rs 3 lakh.
“The government has decided to strictly implement the rule. Those who live in Delhi go to Haryana, especially Gurgaon and Faridabad, for work. Unaware of excise rules, most people bring liquor above 1 litre into Delhi from these areas. This is illegal. According to the Act, those vehicles that transport liquor will also be confiscated and sold in auction. Such vehicles will not be returned to defaulters,” a senior official at the Excise department said.
The department has also formed teams to observe and keep a check on liquor shops operating in Rohtak, Sonepat, Gurgaon and Faridabad which border the national capital.
The department has also planned to launch an extensive drive by next week and has also worked out an awareness drive through advertisements.