Bhubaneswar, May 4: The state government is mulling to allow ‘home delivery’ of liquor by licensed outlets during the 14-lockdown imposed across the state from tomorrow to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
According to confidential sources, the Excise department has plans to allow online sale of liquor in Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Cuttack, Puri and Rourkela.
A high level meeting chaired by Excise Commission was held on Monday and a blueprint has been prepared in this regard, said the source.
The Excise department will allow consumers to order liquor through food delivering App Zomato and Swiggy with extra delivery charges like previous year
The Excise department may issue a notification in this regard by Tuesday evening.
“The outlets can levy delivery charges of Rs 100 for orders up to Rs 1,000 and thereafter Rs 25 for every additional Rs 500 order value,” said the source.
On the other hand, health experts and doctors have been opposing the online sale of alcohol during Covid crisis.
Similarly, the police said shopkeepers will be able to sell offline even if they are allowed to sell online. This may cause law and order situation, as it happened last year.
Worth mentioning, there were long queues in front of liquor stores in Bhubaneswar prior to the lockdown.