MCD sees red over Delhi govt`s new bar licence granting system

The BJP-ruled MCD is unhappy over the Delhi government`s new simplified system for granting liquor licences to city restaurants.

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010, 22:04 PM IST

New Delhi: The BJP-ruled MCD is unhappy
over the Delhi government`s new simplified system for granting
liquor licences to city restaurants.
Delhi government had on December 6 entrusted the
Tourism Department the responsibility to function as a nodal
agency for facilitating grant of such licence to restaurants
so that procedural delays can be reduced.

Any restaurant seeking to serve liquor has to get
various kinds of approval from agencies such as MCD, police
and Fire Department, besides the Excise Department.

Under the existing system, the applications used to be
processed in a linear fashion and unless the first department
would clear it, the next department would not take it up for
approval. Now, restaurants can apply to all agencies
separately at a time.

The MCD, however, feels the new system is an attempt
by the Congress government to usurp its powers.

Chairman of Standing Committee of MCD, Yogender
Chandolia today urged the Lt Governor to deter the Delhi
government from "depriving" the corporation of the powers
conferred upon it.

"It is one thing to make the restaurant and bar
licence procedure simple and non-time consuming for which
suggestions may be made to the corporation. But it is a
different thing to place a department having no legal sanctity
upon the function of the MCD," he said.
"The Section 421 of the DMC Act confers the powers
upon the corporation to grant licence for eating, lodging,
hotel...or for the consumption of any food or drink or any
place where food is sold or prepared for sale," Chandolia said
in a statement.

He said the orders and the procedures as declared by
Delhi government are based on "political whims".

PTI