Two decades on, doors open for new distilleries in Puducherry
After two decades, the Puducherry government has decided to grant fresh licences for establishing blending and bottling units (BBU) of India-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in the Union Territory. The Puducherry Excise Department (ED) has invited applications, saying licences will be granted for “augmentation and employment generation”. No deadline to apply has been mentioned.
However, there are restrictions. “A minimum experience of five years in the field of operation of distillery or blending and bottling plant for production of liquor anywhere in the country is required and he should have manufactured a minimum volume of 3 lakh cases per year for the last three years,” said a circular issued by T Sudhakar, deputy commissioner (excise).
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