Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister A. K. Walia on Thursday defended the liquor policy of the Delhi Government saying the idea behind increasing the number of shops in the city was not to promote consumption but to provide good quality liquor to the people so that hooch tragedies do not take place.

Replying to a question by Saket MLA Vijay Jolly during Question Hour, Dr. Walia said that during 2006-07 a revenue of Rs.960 crore was earned through sale of liquor in the Capital.

Dr. Walia also gave out details of the kind of shops that are engaged in liquor sale. He said while 323 shops have L-2 licence, 91 are private with L-52 licence, 18 are department stores with L-53 licence and 93 are government-owned with L-10 licence.

Mr. Jolly demanded that liquor shops not be opened inside colonies as they vitiate the atmosphere and therefore the consent of the local legislators should also be taken before the opening of any new shop.