Liquor at airport, tender cancelled

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SRINAGAR: After facing severe criticism for setting up of a liquor shop at Srinagar International Airport, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Friday has decided to cancel the tendering process.

“After observing that a section of society is against having duty paid liquor shop at Srinagar International Airport, we have decided to cancel the tendering process,” said an official of the AAI.

He said that the AAI believes and works towards better facilities for its passengers and endeavours to cater for more and more passenger’s friendly good initiatives towards customer’s satisfaction. “It is hoped that with this all the controversies arising out will be placed at rest,” he added.

AAI had initiated a tender last week seeking expression of interest in setting up a liquor shop. Usually the international airports run various duty free shops which does not exclude liquor.

In Srinagar, the idea was criticized from different sections of people. Even the state’s Excise department had decided against granting a licence to the person who would get the contract. This led to the withdrawal of the tendering process.

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