Delhi Govt. Introduces WhatsApp Service To Report Open Drinking

In an initiative to prevent the consumption of alcohol in public place, especially places near liquor vends and in vehicles, the Delhi Government has decided to provide a more accessible platform to report the same. Early last week, the government declared that the people would soon be able to report open drinking through popular messaging platform, WhatsApp.

The decision came through after a review meeting that was chaired by the Capital’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. The drive to impede drinking in public was piloted on 7th November 2016, with the aim to ensure women’s security and general public safety. Since it’s launch, almost 1,500 violators have been caught by excise teams.

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“There has been a decline in cases of people consuming liquor in public places since the launch of drive…the excise department conducted raids, following which over 1,500 violators were caught,” Sisodia, who also holds the excise portfolio, tweeted.

He further tweeted, “We want to rope in more people so that they can give inputs (about violators)…for which the Delhi government will soon issue a WhatsApp number, where people can register their complaints.”

Under this new rule, if you’re caught drinking in public places and creating nuisance then you are liable to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000, respectively, besides an imprisonment of six months.

 

Feature Image: The Odyssey Online

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