Delhi lowers the drinking age to 21 years: Additionally, the government stated that it will close all government liquor stores.
Now 21 years is the minimum age to consume alcohol in Delhi
Delhi is now the only metropolitan city with a high drinking age – even in Mumbai, only hard liquor is barred for those under 25, while wine and beer are allowed at 21. In major global cities such as New York and London, the drinking age is 21 and 18 individually.
This announcement comes as the Arvind Kejriwal-helmed AAP government made a slew of changes to the Excise Policy of Delhi.
Sisodia said that some areas in the city are over-served, while some are under-served, which has led to liquor mafia.”The new excise policy was approved by the Cabinet today on basis of the guidance of the Group of Ministers. It was concluded that no new liquor shops will be opened in the national capital and the government will not run any liquor shops. At present, 60 percent of liquor shops in Delhi are run by the government,” said the minister.
According to the new rules, liquor shops in Delhi will be allowed to open only if they are set up in a space of 500 sq ft. The windows in such stores should not face the road. The government also said that liquor rates will be as per market trends.
“No one less than 21 years of age will be allowed to enter bars and restaurants for liquor,” stated the new rules. The quality of liquor available will be of international standards and Delhi will have its own standard.
The onus of discipline and decorum in the premises of liquor stores will be on the shop owner, as per the new rules.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that suggestions have been submitted to abolish the license recommendation system for the hospitality and restaurant sector. He added that strict action will be taken to ensure that there is no tax evasion. Sisodia said that the new excise policy is likely to increase revenue by 20 percent.
According to the new rules, the minimum permissible area for a liquor store should be 500 square-foot. The main gate of such stores must not face the road.
The liquor stores must be constructed in line with international standards. Store owners will have to ensure that no public drinking takes place near their shops.