Won't face liquor shortage: Delhi govt as 260 privately-run alcohol shops shut down from October 1

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As the new excise policy kicks in due to which 260 privately-run liquor shops will be shut down in Delhi, the state government assured Delhiites that the govt has taken steps to ensure people don't face shortage of liquor.
As the city stares at a possible shortage of alcohol and crowding outside vends owing to closure of 260 privately-run liquor shops, the Delhi government on Thursday assured that steps are being taken to ensure people don't face problems, saying state-run vends have been instructed to keep sufficient stocks.

Under its new excise policy, the Delhi government has allocated fresh licences to private firms for 850 shops that will enter retail business from November 17.

In view of this, all the private liquor vends were directed to shut shop by September 30. The remaining liquor stores run by Delhi government agencies will also wrap up business on November 16.

During this transition period of nearly one-and-half-month, only government-run shops will open, which is likely to cause shortage and other problems.

In a statement, the Delhi government said the national capital is going to witness a transition phase in liquor management.

"However, the Delhi government is putting its best foot forward to ensure that the residents do not face much of a problem, " it said.

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