NEW DELHI: In December month Delhiites had gulped down alcohol worth almost Rs 1,000 crore according to some sources. The actual data on the number of bottles sold through vends and hotels and bars during the month is already in a process of compilation a source said, and the amount is still under the calculation on the basis of the revenue the excise department earned as duty paid on liquor bottles.
“The number (Rs 1,000 crore) has been arrived at after considering the revenue collected by the excise department in the form of liquor duty,” Times of India report citing a source said.
The department’s earnings in terms of liquor duty are estimated to be Rs 465 crores in December. This is a very minor increase compared to the last year’s December figures, i.e., Rs 460 crores.
An excise department official had issued a statement in which it reiterated, the amount was calculated considering the liquor supplied to vends, hotels, and bars. The national capital contains 864 vends, both government and private whereas 951 hotels, bars and clubs have the liquor license.
Delhi had a great sale of alcohol in the month of December 2019. The increased revenue earned by the excise department led to a department’s decision to lower down the prices of some popular imported liquor brands. Last year in the month of November, the excise department reduced the prices of around 10 foreign liquor brands by 20-25 percent.