Liquor consumption publicly in Delhi will lead to arrest: Sisodia

New Delhi:Those consuming liquor in public will be arrested from November 7, the Delhi government said on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that there will be a strict vigil on the liquor stores and the area surrounding them to discourage public consumption of liquor and public nuisance caused due to it.

“We have decided a three-fold approach. Over the next one week, special teams will conduct inspection of all liquor stores in the city to ensure license terms are not violated,” Sisodia said.

“We will simultaneously run a public awareness campaign, making an appeal to the public not to consume liquor in public areas. If someone still consumes liquor in public areas after November 7, we will arrest them and appropriate action will be taken,” he added.

Sisodia said that the teams will also survey the area around the liquor stores to identify other businesses promoting public consumption of liquor, including those selling disposable glasses, snacks etc.

“Government will also install CCTV cameras outside the liquor stores,” he said.

CCTV cameras are mandatory inside the liquor stores. The announcement came days after Sisodia led a team of excise officials to conduct raids at four liquor stores in an east Delhi market.