Will bars be open in the nation’s capital until 3am? This is what the Delhi police said
While the Delhi government allowed all pubs and restaurants to serve alcohol until 3 a.m., the city police blocked the case. According to a senior Delhi police officer, all license conditions will need to be changed to allow restrobars in the city to open until 3 a.m. It should be noted that the restaurant license is approved by the Delhi Police Licensing Department.
“The municipal police have not yet made a decision on what should be done regarding the opening of restrobars in the city until 3 a.m. Because the existing order is only until 1 p.m. and if it is to be extended, then everyone’s license terms must be changed,” said a senior police officer.
Currently, pubs and restaurants can open in Delhi until 1am. However, to make the city’s nightlife livelier, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has allowed all pubs and restaurants serving alcohol to stay open until 3am this month.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said his government was coordinating with the Delhi Police and other agencies for the safe implementation of the new timetables.
Sisodia, which holds the excise portfolio, asked the department to extend the closing time for restaurants and ensure that no establishment faces harassment if it stays open until 3 a.m.
Among Delhi’s neighboring towns, Gurugram has allowed pubs to stay open 24/7, while in Noida pubs can operate until 2 a.m. by paying a certain fee. Pubs and bars can serve alcohol until 1am in Noida and Ghaziabad without any intervention.
There are around 550 independent restaurants in Delhi that serve Indian and foreign alcohol after obtaining an L-17 license from the Excise Department.
The restaurants of hotels and motels, numbering around 150, are already authorized to serve alcohol 24 hours a day. These restaurants are granted an L-16 license by the Excise Department.
The excise policy calls for creating an enabling environment and improving the conditions for smooth business activity.
Most of the conditions related to excise operations in hotels, clubs and restaurants should be in tune with the current business and social outlook, according to the Delhi excise policy.
Recommendations included streamlining licensing fees, lowering the legal drinking age from 25 to 21, and scrapping archaic rules related to music bans in independent restaurants.