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Maharashtra hikes excise levy by 15% for bars, 70% for wine shops

With this increment, the annual fee for bars has been revised from Rs 6.93 lakh to Rs 7.97 lakh, according to a report

January 31, 2022 / 11:57 AM IST
The Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association has sought a 50 percent waiver in permit room or bar licence fees to support the industry suffered by COVID-induced lockdown. (Representative image)

The Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association has sought a 50 percent waiver in permit room or bar licence fees to support the industry suffered by COVID-induced lockdown. (Representative image)

Grappling with the COVID-induced restrictions for almost two years, restaurants and bars in Maharashtra have suffered yet another jolt, with the state excise department raising the annual levy.

The department has increased the annual excise fees levied on all bars by 15 percent, reported The Times of India, citing a gazette notification issued on January 28. For wine shops, the fee has been increased by as much as 70 percent, it said.

With this increment, the annual fee for bars has been revised from Rs 6.93 lakh to Rs 7.97 lakh, as per the report. For wine shops, the revision hikes the fees to Rs 21 lakh from Rs 15 lakh earlier, it said.

The hike has come at a time amid the request from bars and restaurants owners to give a 50 percent waiver to cope with the losses that occurred due to a series of COVID-19 lockdowns in the state.