Lucknow, Jan 28 Uttar Pradesh , which is known for Ayodhya and is ruled by Yogi Adityanath m a right wing leader and a BJP leader has allowed hotels to serve liquor till 4 am in the morning.
The BJP which calls it a Ram Rajya, now , wants to make people addict of liquor .
Lucknow has become second city in India which will have a night life that has almost been non-existent till now. The Uttar Pradesh Excise Department has now allowed restaurants and bars to serve liquor up to 2 a.m. Starred hotels can serve liquor up to 4 a.m.
It is significant as sexual harassment cases and gang rape cases are also maximum in Uttar Pradesh but as people have no money to spend on luxury items rather they have curtailed their daily expenses due to the poor economy and unemployment , Government has found ways to increase the state revenue .
Sanjay Bhoosreddy, principal secretary, excise, said that the decision has been taken with a view to promote tourism in the state. The change in the excise policy, however, is restricted to only big cities.
“We are now giving bars the option of serving liquor till 2 a.m. and to hotels up to 4 a.m., but on certain conditions. Firstly, the option is only open to bars located in metro cities like Lucknow, Agra, Moradabad, Kanpur etc, apart from Noida and Greater Noida. For all bars located in these areas, time can be extended up to 2 a.m. Three, four and five star hotels can open bars up to 4 a.m,” he said.
With special permission of the district magistrate and additional fees, the hours of serving liquor under a temporary bar license can also be extended by one hour, from midnight to 1 a.m.
According to the new excise policy, bars will have to pay an additional Rs 2.5 lakh in license fees for the time extension.
From the existing limit of five spots, areas for serving liquor can be added on the payment of Rs 50,000 for each additional point.
The excise department will also be giving licenses for serving liquor available in special trains, cruises and airports with a special focus on foreign tourists, at such locations.
While a train liquor license will cost Rs 10 lakh annually, it will be Rs 3 lakh for a cruise and Rs 5 lakh for airport bars.
K.L. Maurya, secretary of the association, said, “The rules are not friendly for retail shops. There has been an increase in license fees but no increase in maximum retail price of liquor. Timings have also not been extended for retail shops even though hotels are being allowed to serve for longer.”