LUCKNOW: After throwing customary events last year in the shadow of pandemic, the state capital looks set to host rocking Christmas and New Year eve parties this year.
With the Covid virus apparently not around anymore, at least in Uttar Pradesh, the Josh of the revellers is high so much so that they plan to make grand entry into 2023 with double the number of parties thrown last year.
“Last year, a total of 34 licenses were issued for parties between December 25 and 31. This time, we are expecting to grant 70 to 75 licenses for Christmas and New Year eve events,” said an official of the excise department, which issues permission and temporary licenses for organising the parties through its online portal.
A club disc jockey based out of Gomtinagar, D’vesh said, “My company is booked out for December 25, 28, 30 and 31. After a long gap, people are looking forward to unwind this festive season.” “After a lull due to pandemic for the last two years, a lot of establishments are coming forward with requests to hold the parties. In fact, the office of the district excise officer situated in Qaiserbagh is flooded with queries,” an official confirmed.
“To everybody approaching us we have only one thing to say that the entire procedure to issue occasional bar license is being done through the portal of the department and nobody needs to visit our office,” said district excise officer SK Mishra.
To use, distribute and consume liquor in large quantities, the clubs, hotels and restaurants that do not have a permanent licenceor plan to throw parties in areas other than the designated one, need to obtain FL-11 license from the department before the party. While fees of Rs 11,000 is taken from establishments organising commercial parties, private individuals and the ones who organise parties for non-commercial purpose too have to obtain thesame license.
“For using liquor in private parties that are taking place in the clubhouse of an apartment or at an individual’s house or terrace, the fees for FL-11 licence is Rs 4,000,” said an officer.
On guard after the Levana Suites fire incident, officials are taking all steps to ensure that compulsory no-objection certificate from the fire department is taken by the party organisers.
The department is also keeping an eye on the unfolding developments as another wave of Covid-19 in China has set alarm bells ringing onceagain just ahead of the festive season. Meanwhile, excise commissioner Senthil C Pandian said that a sustaineddrive to check illicit smuggling of liquor and trade of spurious liquor has been launched in the state from Wednesday morning and will be carried out till January 5 of the next year. Excise department officials said they are looking forward to host at least 70 parties this festive season.

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