Now, get your liquor permits at local wine shops

Liquor

Checks are being conducted at clubs and hotels to ensure rules are being followed. An application fee of Rs 50 and a licence fee of Rs 8,000 will have to be paid to the excise department by clubs hosting parties where liquor is served.

From April to November this year, the department registered 2,290 cases of violations as compared to 2,260 last year. This year, 1,122 persons have been booked, 234 vehicles impounded and liquor worth Rs 2.67 crore seized.

Last year, 811 persons were booked and liquor worth Rs 2.46 crore seized.

The state excise department has meanwhile registered an increase in consumption of liquor in Pune district. There has been a 16 per cent rise in consumption of beer. Sale of wine has gone up by 14 per cent, and India Made Foreign Liquor by 6 per cent. Sale of country liquor rose by over 8 per cent from 145 lakh litre last year to 157 lakh litre this year, while foreign liquor sold 148 lakh litre against 139 lakh litre last year.

In the case of beer, 298 lakh litre was sold this year against 255 lakh litres last year.

Wine sale went up to 450 lakh litres this year from 394 lakh litre.

FESTIVE SPIRIT

1. Special flying squads to keep an eye on parties to mark Christmas and New Year. Stringent action likely against rule violators

2. Clubs and hotels hosting parties need to take permission from various quarters like the collectorate, the state excise department, the local electricity department and the health department

3. An application fee of Rs 50 and a licence fee of Rs 8,000 will have to be paid to the excise department for parties where liquor is served

THE EXCISE BOOK

2,290 Cases of violations till Nov 2012

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