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This December, the State Excise Department is hoping revelers will help them cross the target of Rs 950 crore in collections, with the party deadline extended till 5 am. Last year, thanks to the extended deadline, the department had raked in Rs 800 crore in the month.
This year, new measures like 'mapping' of access roads to the state and random checks across liquor manufacturing units have been undertaken to ensure only genuine liquor reaches the bar table. Further, 28 flying squads led by state excise inspectors will be monitoring the party scene across the city. The squads will split to cover the city, with at least 16 in the suburbs.
"We are hoping that these measures help us reach the target. We also want people to be responsible and adhere to law," said excise commissioner Sanjay Mukherjee.
The department has also advertised heavily on the single window system, open at nine centres across the city, for people who want to buy a day's permit for drinking.
The limits states that pubs, permit rooms, restaurant and clubs will remain open till five am on December 25 and New Year Eve. Retail shops selling liquor will close by 1 am.
"We do not want you out on the streets. The deadlines are to ensure that you party inside," added Mukherjee.
The role of the inspection committee will be to check if liquor being sold has excise stamp and duty has been paid. The department collected around Rs 2,500 crore till March 2012, with the taxes going up, sales falling down, but the department still managing a hike of 48 per cent in excise collection.
Among the many measures, the department is most optimistic about the usage of technology for mapping borders. "We have taken the help of Google Maps to find out the roads to the state, and appointed squads to keep a check on smuggling. Human Intelligence has been stepped up," added Mukherjee.
Deadlines 1 am for retail liquor outlets, 5 am for pubs, restaurants, bars, clubs and permit rooms
One-day liquor permit Rs 2 for country liquor, Rs 5 for foreign liquor
Banquet Hall licence Rs 8,500
Wine Party Host to pay Rs 750
Yacht Party Yacht owner to pay for liquor licence; guests should have one-day permits