New Delhi: As shopping malls have reopened in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to allow shopping malls to sell premium, foreign and imported brands of liquor from August 25. But that doesn’t give the shopping malls to turn the premises into bars, the government made it clear. There will be no permission to serve it inside the premises, officials said on Saturday. Also Read - Delhi Liquor Shops to Remain Open Till 10 PM

Additional Chief Secretary, Excise, Sanjay Bhoosreddy said, “In view of the increasing trend of people purchasing various items from the shopping malls in the past few years, permission has been granted to sell costly foreign liquor in the shopping malls. Customers can buy imported foreign liquor, scotch manufactured in India, brandy, gin and all brands of wine from the shopping malls.” Also Read - 'Don't Discriminate as CM, But Won't Attend Inauguration of Mosque in Ayodhya,' Says Yogi Adityanath

In a statement issued on Saturday, he said, “Permission to sell vodka and rum, whose cost is more than Rs 700, and beer cans which are more than Rs 160, has also been granted.” Also Read - Sanjeet Yadav Abduction And Murder Case: Uttar Pradesh Government to Transfer Probe to CBI

The annual licence fee of such shops has been fixed at Rs 12 lakh, which can be obtained by any person, company, firm or society. Customers can enter the shops and can choose their brand of liquor.

The licensing process will start from July 27, he said.

All such shops have to be air-conditioned, Bhoosreddy said and added that there will be no permission to serve liquor inside the shopping malls.

(With PTI inputs)