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The Lieutenant Governor has given gifts to the businessmen on the occasion of New Year. Now the process of getting a license related to catering will be easier in Delhi. This process will be completed in 49 days. You will not even have to submit 28 types of documents. There will be freedom to spill jam till late night in five star and three star hotels. The licensing process of eateries, restaurants, guest houses and hotels will be simplified. The restaurants and bars of five and three star hotels will remain open till 2 am and all other restaurants and bars till 1 am. This will encourage night culture and ease the process of licensing. For this, Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has issued an order.
Online and faceless police clearance certificate will also be available in the license. This step has been taken by the Lieutenant Governor to ensure ‘Ease of Doing Business’ so that ‘Night Time Economy’ can be encouraged. All restaurants in five star and four star hotels (which will be within airport, railway station and ISBT premises) will be allowed to work on 24×7 basis on payment basis. Hotels will have to take separate licenses for more than one liquor. License fee is to be paid for restaurants/bars serving alcohol in the hotel premises.
Several agencies including MCD, Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Service and DPCC will work according to the financial year. License/NOC will have to be issued only in the concurrent financial year ending 31st March. The 21 page license form has been reduced to 9 pages. Time has been fixed for grant of license. The average time for grant of new licenses in Delhi was 3 years so far. A processing fee of Rs 1,000 has to be deposited for the application. Online application form can be submitted. There will be compulsion to complete the investigation of these documents in 10 days. The time to remove the deficiency will be 15 days.
The decision of the Lieutenant Governor is the first step towards becoming a world class city. This will not only curb corruption, but will also provide convenience to the people of Delhi. Recently, when he had met the Lieutenant Governor, he had said that the Prime Minister also has a dream to remove the obstacles in the hotel industry. The problems in licensing should end.
Mohit Shah, General Secretary, Delhi Hotel and Restaurant Owner’s Association
The decision of the Lieutenant Governor is commendable. Everyone will benefit from this. It is a very positive initiative. This will give momentum to stagnant Delhi. People will be able to step out of their homes and eat better food in good restaurants, bars and hotels. This will also give a boost to the tourism sector. People will get rid of the confusion of multiple agencies for license. Any businessman gets so entangled in the process of license that he keeps distance from the business itself.
Sandeep Khurana, President, South Delhi Hotel Association