Excise collection up 10.27% in 9 months of current fiscal: Walia

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New Delhi, Jan 1 (UNI) Delhi Finance and Planning Minister A K Walia today said a 10.27 per cent increase has been recorded in excise collection during nine months of the current financial year.

Rs 934 crore was collected up to December 2007 during the current financial year, as against Rs 847 crore during the corresponding period of the last fiscal, Dr Walia said, adding that there had been increase of Rs 4.5 crore in collection of excise on sale of liquor during the week ending December 31, 2007 in comparison to the same period last year.

An amount of Rs 31.5 crore as excise duty was collected on sale of liquor during this period against Rs 27 crore during the corresponding period of last year.

Dr Walia said his Department has been taking proactive steps to curb sale of illicit liquor in the capital-city and make available quality liquor to large number of visitors/tourists coming in Delhi.

The Department has allowed 255 restaurants in the capital-city to extend serving of liquor from 12:00 AM to 1:00 AM during night.

In addition to this, 14 outlets in 11 hotels have also been permitted to serve liquor during 24 hours.

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