Swiggy starts alcohol delivery in Kolkata – buyer's age will be verified

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  • After Jharkhand and Odisha, Swiggy has expanded its alcohol delivery service in Kolkata and Siliguri.
  • Users can order through the wine shops tab on Swiggy.
  • Both Swiggy and its rival Zomato have initiated the home delivery of alcohol in India.
After Jharkhand and Odisha, Swiggy has expanded its alcohol delivery service in Kolkata and Siliguri, while it will soon follow it up in 24 cities in West Bengal. Users can order through the wine shops tab on Swiggy.

Both Swiggy and its rival Zomato have initiated the home delivery of alcohol in India. The initiative has come in place after the opening of liquor shops during the third phase of the coronavirus lockdown saw thousands of people gathering outside stores.

“Swiggy has been working closely with the West Bengal government since the beginning of the lockdown to provide support on multiple fronts. This includes delivering grocery and essentials, supporting the fisheries department for home delivery of seafood items, delivery of schoolbooks and distributing close to one lakh meals to the needy in Kolkata. Building on our successful launches in Jharkhand and Odisha we will now be enabling safe home delivery of alcohol in West Bengal. Starting with Kolkata and Siliguri, we will expand our services to 24 other cities across the state,” said a Swiggy spokesperson.

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Swiggy has “mandatory age verification and user authentication” for the delivery of liquor at home. While ordering customers have to take a selfie as well as upload a valid picture of their government ID card.

“All orders will carry a unique OTP which needs to be provided by the customer at the time of delivery. There is also a capping on the order quantity to ensure a customer does not order alcohol above the prescribed limit as per the state law,” said the company.

The company said that it will also include a QR code scanner within the delivery partner app to check the authenticity of the products before delivering them to the customer.

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