3dry days a year in Delhi as part of new liquor plan
Hindustan Times|January 25, 2022
NEW DELHI: Delhi will now have only three dry days (when liquor stores are closed and bars and restaurants are not allowed to serve liquor) this year, down from the usual 21, according to an order issued by the excise department on Monday.
Alok KN Mishra

In 2022, only Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti would be observed as dry days, the order said.

"In pursuance of the provisions of Rule 52 of Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, it is hereby ordered that - Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) - shall be observed as "dry day" in the national capital by all the licensees of the excise department and vends located in Delhi for the year 2022," the order said.

At 21, the number of dry days in the Capital was among the highest across states and Union territories.

A reduction in the number was a long-standing demand of liquor store owners, and bars and restaurants, and was expected to be part of the new excise policy that came into effect on October 1.

Apart from the three, the Delhi government may declare any other dry day, from time-to time, said the order.

To be sure, the order added that restrictions on the sale of liquor on dry days will not apply for residents in hotels with a valid license.

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