Mumbai : The people of Mumbai will now get permission for the home delivery of liquor. However, delivery will be given to those who have drinking permits. They will get delivery services from the nearby licensed shops.
According to available information, the BMC, whose nod was awaited to implement the state excise decision, has not only allowed shops to deliver on their own but also allowed them to tie-up with e-commerce platforms. Liquor shop owners will be able to implement on the same from Sunday as they need to take an excise pass for staff and transport vehicles besides a formal go-ahead from the collectors.
The Municipal Commissioner of BMC, however, not allowed across the counter sale, same on the lines of Thane and Panvel municipalities. Under the new order, the liquor shop owners will not be allowed to deliver liquors in containment zones, areas, where a covid-19 positive patient or his/her high risk contacts, are staying.
The Municipal Commissioner order also empowers ward officers, along with the excise officers in ensuring the strict compliance of his today’s order. The State’s May 12 order allowing home delivery suggested that tipplers across the state can get their stock (barring country liquor) home-delivered from the retail shops in their neighbourhood only during the period of lockdown and only through phone calls or messages. However, later the detailed guidelines suggested that e-commerce platforms can tie-up with the retailers and wholesalers indicating approval to online. While almost all cities implemented the state orders, Mumbai and Aurangabad were awaiting endorsement form the civic commissioners.
Mumbai is the worst-hit city of COVID-19 as positive patients are sharply increasing day by day. The COVID-19 toll in Mumbai and the larger Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR) crossed the 1,000-mark on Friday. The death toll in the Mumbai-MMR area now stands at 1,027 while the total positive cases at 34,107. Of these Mumbai, the financial capital of India, accounts for 909 deaths and 27,251 cases.