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Discounts and ‘one-plus-one’ deals will go away and earlier rules like 21 “dry days” are likely to return as Delhi government-run liquor sales begin under old excise rules from September 1, officials said on Friday. However, for a better customer experience, there will be premium vendors for high-end liquor and self-service stores where customers can pick their favorite brands off the shelf, he said.

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Four Delhi government corporations DTTDC, DSIIDC, DCCWS and DSSC have been tasked with opening a total of 500 liquor vends by August 31. Each corporation will also operate five premium vendors. The total number of liquor outlets operated by the corporation will go up to 700 by the end of the year.

The excise policy under which private liquor vendors are currently operating in the city is ending on August 31. The Delhi government corporation will run liquor retailers from September 1 and there will be no private players in the segment. According to the Excise Department document, L-6 (Government Shops) license holders will be required to sell liquor only at prices fixed by the Excise Commissioner which will be mentioned on the bottle labels.

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“Any undercharging or overcharging will be considered a violation of the terms and conditions and the license will be cancelled,” the document reads. Liquor shops will be open from 10 am to 10 pm. They will all be closed on dry days.

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In Excise Policy 2021-22, the department had reduced the number of dry days from 21 to three. “In the old excise policy, shops were kept closed for 21 days on important religious festivals and death anniversaries of great people in the country. As, the government has decided to go back to the old excise policy prior to November 17, 2021. The 21 dry days are likely to continue,” officials said.

Government-run liquor vends will have a floor area of ​​300 square feet and above and will be located in local shopping centers or commercial premises. In Excise Policy 2021, the minimum mat area of ​​vend was fixed at 500 square feet. The proposed sale premises will be inspected by a site inspection committee consisting of excise officials.

Liquor shops will be at least 100 meters away from major educational institutions, religious places and 50-bed hospitals.

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