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‘Special Corona Fee’: Liquor in Delhi to cost 70% more from today

Delhi Government has imposed a ‘Special Corona Fees’ of 70% tax on Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of the liquor. The revised prices will reflect from Tuesday across national capital.

The Delhi government will charge 70 per cent extra tax on liquor from today amid the coronavirus pandemic. Calling the new tax “special corona fee”, the Arvind Kejriwal government in a late night order on Monday said the police should allow the shops to remain open from 9 am to 6:30 pm.

The 70% tax is on the maximum retail price or MRP per bottle. For instance, a liquor bottle with a pre-tax MRP of Rs 1,000 will now cost Rs 1,700.

Liquor shops pulled up their shutters on Monday after over a month since the centre announced a lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The move has come after high liquor sales were observed on Monday as according to the Union Home Ministry guidelines for the phase three of the coronavirus lockdown liquor stores were allowed to open in orange and green zones across the country.

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