According to a latest development, it has come to light that the home delivery of liquor will soon be terminated across Maharashtra.
On Thursday, June 2, the Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has written to the Excise department and sought a stoppage to the home delivery arrangement owing to a decline in the coronavirus cases in the state.
This move comes at a time when the daily case load in the state, including Mumbai, has seen a significant uptick in the last few days.
“As COVID-19 cases have been reduced, we will stop home delivery of liquor. It was an arrangement during the lockdown,” Pawar stated.
Earlier, due to COVID-19 induced lockdown, the state government had allowed home delivery of liquor. However, only licensed liquor shops were allowed to deliver alcohol. As despite restrictions being imposed during the first wave, there were long queues outside shops creating a havoc.
According to the notification, liquor, beer, mild liquor and wine having FL-II, FL/BR-II, FL/W-II licenses could be delivered to the delivery home address under the Bombay Liquor Rules 1953.
As per latest reports, daily infections and the test positivity rate (TPR) increased in Mumbai on Wednesday, June 1 with the city reporting 739 cases. This is reported to be the highest single-day rise in cases in 116 days. Moreover, the positivity rate was at 8.4 per cent which is the highest since February.
Meanwhile, owing to the rise in cases registered in Mumbai, Maharashtra too witnessed a jump in figures. The state’s tally crossed the 1,000 mark with 1,081 cases being reported. Nonetheless, zero COVID-19 deaths were registered. Maharashtra now has a positivity rate of 4.25 per cent.