Not one for the road: Fine for drinking in public Rs 10,000

Devashree Mahajan, CNN-IBN | Dec 15, 2009 at 09:17pm

New Delhi: That drink by the roadside is now going to cost you dear if you are in Delhi. The state government has increased the fine on drinking in public places from Rs 200 to a hefty Rs 5,000. And if a person creates nuisance after downing a few pegs, the penalty could be as high as Rs 10,000 and three months in jail. However, it's not all bad news. There is some good news for tipplers. The new liquour laws allow malls with an area of 1,000 square feet or more to serve liquour. But many Delhiites still have one grouse - the minimum permissible age for being served liqour in bars and pubs remains 25 despite the fact that the law now allows 21-year-olds to serve liquour in bars.