Delhi Government’s excise policy for 2015-16 may open gates for 24-hour restaurants and bars, which will give capital’s nightlife a facelift.
Policy, which is waiting for Cabinet approval, proposes reducing annual 24-hour excise licence fees by 45 to 60 per cent for restaurants and bars inside hotels or motels, a report appeared in ‘The Indian Express’ has said.
Policy also suggests ending of prerequisites for a 24-hour excise licence, to serve alcohol in restaurants, such as a tourism licence, police registration and fire clearance, the report further added.
It added that proposed policy is focused at encouraging more and more restaurants located in seven-star and five-star hotels and motels to run 24x7. The step will help tourism and improverestaurant business, feel authorities.
“Procuring a 24-hour licence under the proposed policy will enable restaurants and bars in five-star and seven-star hotels, as well as many others in motels in Paharganj, Shahpur Jat and Chandni Chowk run all night,” the paper quoted a source as saying.