Domestic terminals at Delhi airport may soon offer liquor sales
Delhi airport domestic terminals may soon have liquor stores on its premises as the two companies including the tourism department have approached the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to request the authorization to open shops in the terminals.
So far, no shops have been opened at the airport under the old excise regime, which was implemented from this month after the Aam Aadmi ( AAP) has dropped the controversial Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.
“DTTDC (Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation) and DSCSC (Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited) have contacted the airport authority to request permission to open alcohol sales at airport terminals,” said a government official.
“The process is at a very initial stage and stores are to be opened in the terminals. So discussions are continuing on the matter, there will be a conclusion soon,” he added.
An airport official said they had “so far been approached by the tourism department asking them to allocate vacant spaces in airport terminals for them to open liquor stores.”
“No decision has been taken yet, but we are giving the NOC (No Objection Certificate) and the layout plan and the authorization to the entity which has the license to open stores at the airport,” said said the manager.
“If they meet all the criteria, the Airport Authority will give its approval and give the layout plan for the opening of stores on its premises,” he added.
Under the now discontinued liquor policy, approximately six liquor stores were opened and operated by the private players in the domestic terminals.
The stores were closed in August after the policy was dropped following multiple investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Directorate of Enforcement (ED).
The CBI, which filed an FIR under the liquor policy, arrested the first persons/defendants including businessman Vijay Nair on Tuesday evening.
The ED arrested Sameer Mahendru, the owner of Indospirit, mentioned in the CBI FIR in connection with a money laundering case.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is also facing the heat and is mentioned among 15 others in the FIR filed by central investigative agencies.