THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Alcohol and Drug Information Centre-India (ADIC) has urged the State Government to grant new FL 3 bar licences only to five-star hotels with HRACC (Hotel & Restaurant Approval and Classification Committee) certification. New FL 3 licences should not be granted to two-star, three-star or four-star category hotels, ADIC said.
Urging the government to take a decision on the 418 bars remaining closed, ADIC said that the decision should be binding on all 752 bars in the state as there were complaints that many of the opened bars too were sub-standard.
The organisation said that FL 3 licences (which allow sale of foreign liquor in bar hotels for consumption within the premises) should be granted or renewed only on the recommendations of a ‘District Inspection and Monitoring Committee’ consisting of the District
Collector, Deputy Excise Commissioner, District Police Chief, District Food Safety Officer, DMO and Tourism officials.
The special provision of FL 3 licence to heritage hotels should also be reviewed as many such hotels do not comply with the norms.