Delhi Bars & Restaurants Could Soon Be Open 24X7 – Elite Delhi Magazine 

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The Delhi government is paving the way for the bars and restaurant in the national capital to stay open for business 24×7.

The Indian Express reported today on a policy to slash the annual 24-hour excise license fees by 45 to 60 per cent for restaurants and bars inside hotels or motels.

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Citing sources, the newspaper reported that the Delhi government could also remove prerequisites for a 24-hour excise licence, to serve alcohol in restaurants, such as a tourism license, police registration and fire clearance.
The 24-hour license reportedly attracts an annual fee of Rs. 40 lakh for seven star hotels, Rs, 30 lakh for five-star and deluxe hotels and Rs 20 lakh for motels.

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Under the new police, the license fee would be slashed to Rs 12.60 lakh for seven-star restaurants of less than 75 seating capacity and Rs 16.80 lakh for seating capacity above 75.

For restaurants and bars in five-star and deluxe hotels, the annual fee for the 24-hour liquor license will be Rs 10.50 lakh for less than 75 capacity and Rs 13.70 lakh for more than 75.

This proposal for the 2015-2016 excise policy, which is still subject to cabinet approval, is aimed at boosting tourism and the restaurant business.

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“Procuring a 24-hour licence under the proposed policy will enable restaurants and bars in five-star and seven-star hotels, as well as many others in motels in Paharganj, Shahpur Jat and Chandni Chowk run all night,”.

“The closing time for restaurants and bars is 1 am. However, many restaurants had approached the excise department seeking four-hour extension licences as the police would not allow them to continue service after 12:15 am. Instead of issuing an extension of four hours, the excise department thought it would be better to make the 24-hour licence more feasible for restaurant and hotel owners,”. 

@Elite Delhi Magazine | Published 2016

Story As Published by The Indian Express

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