Delhi: Govt discourages overcrowding at liquor shops, launches e-token system


In an endeavour to discourage people from queuing at liquor outlets and let them follow social distancing rules amidst coronavirus, the Delhi Government has launched e-tocken service. The move comes days after people were found congregating at many outlets in order to get alcohol, putting others at risk for corona infection.

With the move, the government wants people to avoid long queues by applying for an e-token with time slot at any nearby shop to buy liquor. Any person can apply for an e-token through the following link where he/she has to provide details like name, address, identity proof, and preferred date and time.

The token with a QR code is relayed on the phone. As per reports, only 50 token would be generated per hour per shop to manage social distancing rules.

“The customer can buy liquor after producing the identity card mentioned while booking the slot,” explained an excise official quoted by TOI.

During the third phase of lockdown, the Central government had allowed the standalone liquor shops to sell alcohol. Following after the guidelines, the Delhi Government has given permission to open about 200 shops across the national capital from May 4.

However, due to overcrowding and long queues in some areas, only 50 shops could be kept open.

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