Noida: A sharp increase in the sale of liquor could be witnessed on Monday in Noida amidst the closure of all private alcohol stores and bars in neighbouring Delhi. Areas which come under the vicinity of the Delhi-Noida border reported a rise in sales which touched about 90–100% in one day.
The sale of liquor normalised on Tuesday after lieutenant governor VK Saxena permitted the Delhi government’s move to expand excise licences of private liquor vends, clubs and bars by a month till August 31. The Excise Policy of Delhi expired on July 31, 2021-22
Shubham Arora, who owns a liquor shop in Sector 1, adjacent to Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar, said, “On an average, we sell liquor worth Rs 80,000 per day.” On Monday, our sales increased rapidly, and we sold liquor worth Rs. 1.5 crore. With the opening of stores in Delhi, the sale became normal.
RB Singh, Gautam Budh Nagar’s excise officer, said that we don’t have a report of a one-day sale and its impact. We’re keeping an eye on Delhi’s policies. “We are watching the situation at the Delhi-Noida border,” he said.
Earlier, Noida faced a revenue loss due to the reduction in excise duty by the Delhi government this year.
The excise officer revealed that from April 1 to July 31, the department achieved 96.55% of its target — Rs 470 crore out of Rs 487 crore. They also nabbed 164 people and confiscated 72 vehicles and 14,812 litres of smuggled liquor during this period. In the previous fiscal, the excise department collected Rs 1,346 crore in revenue.