New Delhi: It might sound strange but it is true that the Delhi government is planning to cut down on the online sale of liquor in the National Capital Region. The move comes after the city administration received a number of complaints in this regard which is not only affecting the revenues of local liquor kiosks, but also tax collections.
According to some media reports, a number of local liquor vendors have been complaining about loss of business as some websites are offering an option of ordering alcohol online and getting it delivered at home. In view of this, the department is mulling over a strict action against such vendors and companies that are allegedly selling liquor through their online portals.
The administration is now planning to set up a team to monitor such websites. These websites are known to deliver liquor bottles at the customer's doorsteps irrespective of their location. The only condition implied is that the order must be of minimum 1500 rupees.
The officials have reportedly received the complaints that half-a-dozen of such companies are selling alcoholic beverages illegally. Certain promoters of these websites are allegedly the licensed liquor vendors with retail outlets in various parts of Delhi-NCR but they are using online mode to sell liquor.
Apart from the sale of liquor online, another reason that has badly impacted the local vendors and government revenue is the evasion of permit by residents for holding liquor parties in the city.