New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: To ensure social distancing and to stop overcrowding at liquor shops, the Delhi government on Thursday came up with a unique idea and launched an e-token system allowing people to book a time slot to buy alcohol without having to stand in long queues and spend hours.

However, the website crashed within few hours of its launch. The Delhi government said in a statement that it took this decision to encourage people to avoid long queues by applying for an e-token.

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"Any person can apply for an e-token through the link While applying, the name and phone number of the applicant will be required and the e-coupon will be sent at the registered mobile number. Through that e-token, the person will be allowed to buy liquor from the nearby shops," the statement said.

There will be two different queues at liquor shops - one for people with tokens and those who don't have it. According to officials, only 50 tokens will be issued per shop per hour to keep the number of customers in check. “The customer can buy liquor after producing the identity card mentioned while booking the slot,” officials said.

In the third phase of the lockdown, the Central government has given some relaxations which allow standalone liquor shops to open. Following the guidelines of the Central government, the Delhi government had given permission to open about 160 shops across the national capital from Monday onwards.

However, due to overcrowding and long queues in some areas, only 50 shops could be kept open. 

"In order to curb violations of social distancing norms, crowding and law and order issues during the sale of liquor in the city, the Delhi government has decided to introduce the e-token system," the statement by the Delhi government said.

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The Delhi government took the decision to issue e-tokens as the liquor stores witnessed huge rush after they reopened and people were found flouting social distancing norms. Even after the government imposed a 'Special Corona fee' on liquor -- which hiked prices by a whopping 70 per cent -- long queues continued at the shops.


(With Agencies Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan