4 microbreweries will start in Delhi from the 1st week of September; mobile application to provide information on alcohol sales: Newsdrum


New Delhi, Aug 30 (PTI) Four microbreweries serving draft beer will start operations in Delhi from the first week of September, while a mobile app has been developed to provide information on dry days, dripping marks alcohol and their availability, officials said Tuesday.

The mAbkaridelhi mobile app will be available in Hindi and English and can be downloaded from Google Play Store from September. The iOS version will be available shortly, officials said.

It will provide a wealth of information, retail sales in a locality, their hours and also allow searching for sales alphabetically. The app also has the ability to submit comments, they said.

Government agencies in Delhi are set to resume liquor retailing in the city from September 1 following the withdrawal of the 2021-22 excise policy after Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena recommended a CBI investigation into the alleged irregularities in its implementation.

Previously, two microbreweries operated in Delhi – one in Connaught Place and another in a five-star hotel on Janpath Road. These closed more than a year ago, liquor trade experts said.

In the 2021-22 excise policy, microbreweries were permitted as well as take-out food for beer lovers. However, no new microbreweries were able to open in the city for various reasons, including the requirement for multi-agency approvals.

“We have licensed three to four microbreweries which will start operations from the first week of September. They are awaiting licenses due to some pending approvals by different agencies,” a senior excise department official said.

The microbreweries manufacture and serve draft beer to consumers with an installed capacity of no more than 1,000 liters per day, subject to clearance from Delhi’s Pollution Control Board, officials said.

“There are plans to promote draft beer by setting up microbreweries in Delhi as there is a large demand in the segment. More microbreweries will spring up in the near future,” an official said.

More than 300 liquor sales, including several in shopping malls and near metro stations, have been prepared and the number will increase further as four Delhi government companies – DTTDC, DSSIDC, DSCSC and DCCWS – enter alcohol retail from next month, officials said.

The government had issued zonal licenses to private bidders for 849 liquor sales across the city under the Excise Policy, 2021-22. Private operators will close shop from 1 September. PTI VIT VIT NSD NSD

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