The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has authorised the Delhi Consumers’ Cooperative Wholesale Store Ltd (DCCWS) to set up shop at several metro stops. Officials from the Delhi excise department were quoted by the news agency PTI as saying that they have begun installing booze shops on the premises of metro station buildings to capitalise on the significant foot traffic at these locations. The Badarpur, Dwarka, Karol Bagh, Rajouri Garden, & Mundka metro stations each feature more than six alcohol vending machines.
According to the news service PTI, a senior official from the Excise Department said that government undertakings have asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for approval to open liquor stores at other stations.
The official claims that the huge volume of visitors to metro stations is a key element in the easy availability of alcoholic beverages and subsequent increase in profits. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has authorised the Delhi Consumers’ Cooperative Wholesale Store Ltd (DCCWS) to set up shop at several metro stops.
There will be 500 new liquor vending machines in Delhi by September, and they will be operated by four different government agencies: the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC), the Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC), the Delhi Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation (DSCSC), and the Delhi Central Cooperative Wholesale Society (DCCWS). They hope to open 200 more locations in the nation’s capital before the end of the year.
Officials from the Excise Department have stated that metro stations present a strong chance for greater sales because of availability and high footfall, and as a result, the DMRC would soon give permission to other businesses to construct liquor outlets on metro premises.
About 350 liquor stores are run by these four companies in the city, and PTI reports that the agency has already awarded roughly 450 licences to them.
After LG VK Saxena urged a CBI probe into its alleged anomalies, the Delhi government reverted to the old excise regime that had been in effect before November 17, 2021, and revoked its Excise Policy 2021-22 in July this year.
Officials also noted that the Delhi government agency tasked with operating the vending machines at IGI’s domestic terminals has not yet found space to stock alcoholic beverages.
The Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), the organisation in charge of the project, says that six locations for new vending machines are still needed.
Since they are exempt from excise, the airport’s duty-free booze stores in the international terminal are reportedly open for business as usual.
As of February 2012-22, just six of the ten shops licenced for the airport zone had opened, despite the excise policy 2021-22 have gone into effect in November of the previous year.