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Auction rerun tomorrow

Jamshedpur, Aug. 3: In a bid to end the liquor lock, the East Singhbum administration would again try to auction shops on Tuesday even as auctioning at Seraikela-Kharsawan would take place on Monday.

The deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum, Rabindra Kumar Agarwal, gave green signal to assistant commissioner of Jharkhand excise department Arjun Prasad Singh to invite bids for auctioning process on August 5.

Officials in the excise department here said that application for the tender would be entertained till 11am on Tuesday.

Similarly, the Seraikela-Kharsawan has also geared up to complete the auctioning process that has already been delayed by a month.

“The tender has been floated and we are expecting to auction our shops tomorrow. Earlier, the shops were auctioned on July 24, but was later cancelled by the state government. All the shops here were auctioned for a price around Rs 27 lakh per month. We hope that the process here would be complete tomorrow, paving the way for opening of liquor shops,” said deputy commissioner of Seraikela-Kharsawan Rajesh Verma.

Meanwhile, sources in excise department in Jamshedpur claimed that the liquor shops are expected to open after the next tender process fixed by district administration.

“The Calcutta based, Gajananda Impex Private Limited, which bagged the tender earlier, will be the main contender for shops here. The company has not yet taken back the security money, which it had deposited with the district administration after the auctioning process on July 20,” claimed sources in the excise department.

The Gajananda Impex had won the auctioning process by bidding Rs 3.5 crore per month for the shops and was adamant on withdrawing its security money after the process was cancelled.

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