According to Excise Department data, between September 1, 2022, and November 30, 2023, the enforcement team filed 520 FIRs across all police stations in Delhi and arrested a total of 498 alleged bootleggers for smuggling, selling and supplying illegal liquors.

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Consumers of country liquor in the Capital will now have to shell out a little more to lay their hands on their favourite ‘desi daru’ as the Delhi Excise Department, in a bid to increase revenue, has increased the prices with effect from Friday.

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According to officials, the price of 750 ml country liquor has been increased from Rs 160 to Rs 180, while the rate of 375 ml has gone up from Rs 80 to Rs 90. A quarter, 180 ml, will now cost Rs 45 instead of Rs 40.

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Popular brands of country liquor in Delhi include ‘Narangi’, ‘Bahubali’, ‘Empire no.1 Mota Santara’ and ‘Super Himmat Santara’. “The sale of country liquor is less in comparison to Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) but interestingly, smuggling and bootlegging of such liquor is higher in comparison to other forms of alcohol. The price jump is not very high… This will help the Excise Department in increasing revenue,” said an official.

As per the revised price structure, the Excise Department stands to collect a total excise revenue of Rs 95.62 per case for 12 bottles of 750 ml each, Rs 47.81 (375 ml, 24 bottles per case), and Rs 24.28 for 180 ml (50 bottles per case).

On Tuesday, the Excise Department had directed all four corporations — Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIIDC), Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (DSCSC), and Delhi Consumers Cooperative Wholesale Store (DCCWS) Limited — to implement the new price structure, effective Friday.

“It is informed that new wholesale rates for the procurement of country liquor have been finalised for the year 2023-24. Following suppliers have been selected as per quota mentioned against each for supply of country liquor at the wholesale rate (Weighted Average Price) of Rs 451per case for the tender year 2023-24…,” said the Excise department, listing the name of suppliers, in an order to all the four corporations.

Officials said the price structure for four L-3/L33 licence holders have been approved by the department. Officials said the licence holders will be charged local transportation charges of Rs 2.50 per case by the L-8 licensee in addition to the wholesale price.

Further, the corporation has been directed to change the MRP on bottles as per the new price structure by affixing stickers and also displaying the new price in front of all vends in both Hindi and English.

According to the Excise Department, there are 684 active vends in Delhi at present.

According to Excise Department data, between September 1, 2022, and November 30, 2023, the enforcement team filed 520 FIRs across all police stations in Delhi and arrested a total of 498 alleged bootleggers for smuggling, selling and supplying illegal liquors. Data also shows that a total of 1,47,776 liquor bottles were seized, of which 3,288 bottles were foreign liquor, 30,991 were IMFL, and the highest number — 1,13,498 bottles — was of country-made liquor.

After the AAP government’s ambitious New Excise policy was scrapped in 2022 following allegations of corruption and investigations by multiple agencies, the Delhi government brought back the old excise regime from September 1, 2022, under which only government shops were allowed to open in the city under four corporations.