Excise teams to ensure pubs don't flout last-order deadline
December, 27th 2013
With the city geared up to celebrate the New Year, the excise department is planning to check pubs and clubs that serve liquor illegally and beyond the permissible deadline. There are currently around 250 pubs in Gurgaon that serve liquor, including the ones in four- and five-star hotels where liquor is served 24 hours.
Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner, K S Malik, said six teams have been constituted to keep an eye on the liquor consumption hubs. "Our main objective is to ensure that the deadline rule is not flouted and the teams headed by assistant excise and taxation officers will be out on roads to implement the ruling strictly," he said. He added that each team would also have two policemen to assist the officials in checking wrongdoers.
Keeping in mind previous incidents, Malik said the administration would be stricter against those flouting security guidelines at New Year's Eve celebrations. On the issue of liquor vendors allowing customers to drink in public places, he said it was the responsibility of the police to curb such people.
The excise department is also planning to put party venues under the scanner. The enforcement wing of the excise department will find out if there is any party venue where liquor is being served without permission or where the licence is being misused.
Apart from this, the administration has also asked all pubs and bars to maintain a register that should contain the customer's name, address, age and the time of entry and exit. "It is mandatory to maintain the register along with the age-proof record," said another official. He added that excise sleuths would also make surprise visits to bars and discotheques to inspect security arrangements for women customers ahead of the New Year celebrations.