NEW DELHI: It has only been a fortnight since the 'special corona fee' got imposed on liquor over at Delhi by the government. The fee has led to the government earning more than Rs 110 crore from the tax. They are expecting more revenue as more shops will get opened in the upcoming days.
The figures which were received by the Delhi Excise Department revealed that the average earning was around Rs 55 crore until May 12. After the 'special corona fee' got initiated, the collection increased by Rs 70 crore by May 15. However, by May 21, the collection was upped by Rs 110 crore.
For the city govt., the major source of income is the collection of revenue via liquor. It is highly likely that the collections will increase more as more shops resume to function in the future days.
In the third phase of the national lockdown, 100 liquor stores were given permission to resume. As of now, around 200 shops are functioning in the entire capital city. This also includes stops within market places and standalone shops.
As per official data, Delhi has over 850 liquor stores, out of which 150 are within malls and the airport and won't be permitted to operate as of yet.
As per an Excise Department official, "The sale of liquor has gone up after the ''e-token'' system was introduced".