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Excise dept allows hotels-motels under Chhattisgarh Tourism Board to serve liquor

Raipur: Chhattisgarh government’s excise department has granted permission to serve foreign liquor to the hotels and motels running under Chhattisgarh Tourism Board. A notification regarding the same has been issued already by the department. However, the permission has been granted with certain conditions. According to which, a FL-3 category license will be issued to the hotels of the tourism board. The hotels will be allowed to serve liquor from 12 pm to 12 am.

The notification stated that the sale of foreign liquor in hotels will be at least 20 per cent above the normal retail price. The hotel will keep not more than 240 bottles of wine and 480 beers in stock at a time. If its a large hotel then the Excise Commissioner can also increase this limit. Bars will remain closed for only 10 days in a year including some festivals. These include Republic Day, Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi, Holi, Muharram, Independence Day, Gandhi Jayanti and Guru Ghasidas Jayanti. If the administration orders the closure of the bar in connection with law and order, elections or any other matter, then the bar will have to be closed on that day also.

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