Delhi Partied Like There Is No Tomorrow With Liquor Worth Rs 218 Crore On Christmas-New Year
With the daily COVID-19 figures early negligible, for the first time in nearly three years, a large section of the population felt it safe to get out and celebrate the Christmas-New Year holidays.
Many partied like there was no tomorrow to make amends for the two years they missed out on due to the pandemic.
Delhi was not different and the party mood in the national capital is clearly reflected in the amount of liquor that was sold in the Christmas-New Year week.
One crore liquor bottles sold in a week
According to officials, Delhiites guzzled over one crore bottles of liquor worth more than Rs 218 crore in the Christmas-New Year week.
The highest liquor sale, of 20.30 lakh bottles, was reported in the national capital on December 31, the New Year’s Eve. The city gulped down liquor worth Rs 45.28 crore on the day welcoming the new year, a senior Excise department official said on Monday.
A record 1.10 crore bottles of liquor of different types, mostly whiskies, were sold in Delhi during December 24-31. The sold volume of liquor was worth Rs 218 crore, he said.
Best liquor sales figures in December
Official figures showed December 2022 recorded an average sale of 13.8 lakh liquor bottles in Delhi, the best year-end sale in the last three years.
Data showed the Delhi government earned a revenue of Rs 560 crore from liquor — excise duty and value-added tax — in December 2022.
The sale of liquor in Delhi during December was 12.55 lakh bottles in 2019, 12.95 lakh in 2020 and 12.52 lakh in 2021 and 13.77 lakh in 2022.
Noida is not far behind
Not to be left behind, the people of Noida gulped down 2.3 lakh litres of alcohol worth Rs 9 crore on the night of December 31 on New Year’s Eve.
Gautam Budh Nagar’s Assistant Excise Commissioner RB Singh said that the sale of liquor in December 2022 alone was 23 per cent more than last year. In December 2022, the people of the district consumed liquor worth about 139.6 crores.
On the New Year, people partied at 82 other places which were given occasional licence from one day to three days, due to which the revenue has increased and the consumption of liquor has increased a lot.
The reason cited behind this is believed to be the effect of the curbs being lifted after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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