Hoteliers in the Taj Mahal city of Agra are fuming after officials raided budget hotel rooms here to catch tourists consuming alcohol and with female company.
The hoteliers — and tourists too — are asking if hotel rooms should be seen as public or private space and whether tourists should be expected to carry their marriage certificates.
Concerned over falling revenue, excise department official AK Verma has ruled that all hotels without valid licences should not allow consumption of liquor in their premises. Hoteliers say the law permits individuals to carry up to three bottles of liquor and consume them in a private place.
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