Mumbai, September 10: Now no temporary licenses will be given for serving liquor to eateries in Maharashtra. This decision came after it was observed that several establishments had applied for multiple temporary licenses, which allows them to serve liquor annually.
In A GR issued by the State Excise Commissioner Dr Ashwini Joshi, all the officials in the department have been instructed about refusing temporary licenses in certain situations. These include commercial establishments, especially those which have been refused the license by the district-level committee.
It was allowed to serve alcohol in eating establishments for special occasions like parties but according to law to serve alcohol five days a week under different contexts; in some of the renowned establishments of Mumbai, it was found to have 364 such licenses. Some establishments have even made use of this provision to serve liquor at places located close to religious places and educational institutions, something that is prohibited by law.