Liquor in Delhi Soon
New Delhi: After almost a year’s ban on alcohol in the coountry, the excise departmenet has set itself on the task of processing fifty applications of delhi’s eateries and bars. The applications, both old and new, which had been pending till now shall be looked after while the freeze on the selling of alcohol still remains. Pramod Joshi, general manager of Master of Malts in Connaught Place, said the restaurant had been ready since January, but the project got delayed due to the freeze on issuing new liquor licenses. The Excise Department states that, “Those whose premises had already been inspected and have allied valid licences, including no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the Fire Department and health trade licences from the municipal corporations, would be processed quickly”, and adds, “ Those whose allied licences have expired due to the delay would have to get them again. Inspections are also being lined up”. But now that the decision has been taken to process the applications, National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) says that “it is a welcome step”.