Mumbai allows home delivery of liquor except in containment zones

A policeman keeps vigil in front of a liquor shop in Thane. File

A policeman keeps vigil in front of a liquor shop in Thane. File   | Photo Credit: Vibhav Birwatkar

However, over-the-counter sale of alcohol remains prohibited

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday allowed home delivery of alcohol in the city from midnight on Friday, except in containment zones. Over-the-counter sale is still prohibited.

The State government had earlier this month allowed liquor shops to open. But when it led to overcrowding outside wine shops, former civic chief Praveen Pardeshi stopped it in Mumbai. The new Municipal Commissioner I.S. Chahal issued a modified order on Friday “after having assessed the situation on ground”.

Liquor shops will be allowed to sell alcohol in sealed bottles. Shops can also deliver liquor via e-commerce platforms.

Valsa Nair Singh, principal secretary, Excise Department, said, “The State [on] May 11, had announced home delivery to be allowed for liquor shops in the State... This step was taken to ensure social distancing and avoid crowding in the shops. The home delivery has since been going on smoothly all over the State. Home delivery and e-commerce is now open in Mumbai. from Saturday onwards. Cooperation from the citizens is requested to ensure full adherence to social distancing norms.”

The State government had reported a rise in excise revenue during the short period. With the fourth phase of lockdown in operation, the BMC decided to revise its order for non-containment zones.

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