New Delhi: Tipplers in the city will no
longer have to scramble to buy liquor from the drab outlets
with city government on Thursday granting licenses to nine malls
allowing them to sell alcohol.
Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia, who also looks after
the excise department, said a total of 14 malls had applied
for license to sell liquor and out of them nine were selected.
He said the malls given licenses will have to have a
minimum of 1,000 sq ft area to store and sell liquor. "Nine
malls have been given licenses to sell liquor. Some of the
malls will start selling liquor from June 20," Walia said.
An official from the Excise department said imported
foreign liquor and almost all brands of Indian Made Foreign
Liquor (IMFL) will be available at the malls located across
the city, including Laxmi Nagar, Janakpuri, Raja Garden,
Rohini and Wazirpur.
The city government late last year had decided to allow
sell of liquor in shopping malls to offer the citizens as well
as visitors of the Commonwealth Games a better environment to
Delhi got its first liquor outlet at a shopping mall in
April when Delhi Government`s premier infrastructure
development agency DSIIDC opened an outlet at the luxurious
DLF Place mall in Saket. DSIIDC is in the process of opening
similar outlets at premier malls also.
Tipplers in the city have welcomed the government
decision and hoped that the malls given the liquor license
will offer better experience to the buyers than the regular
"Thank God. I do not need to jostle with others at the
dingy wine shops. I can just walk into a mall, pick up my
favourite brand and drive back home to enjoy a drink," said
Mukesh Aggarwal, a Chartered Accountant from Laxmi Nagar.
Saurabh Bhatia, a software professional from Jungpura
Extension, welcoming the move, said care should be taken to
ensure that the outlets at the malls do not become any other