Meghalaya mulls liquor testing lab

SHILLONG: The state will soon set up an alcohol-testing laboratory to facilitate analysis and also control sale of spurious liquor in the market, said minister of excise AT Mondal.

He added that an exclusive alcohol-testing lab is required in the state. Due to lack of such facilities, the authorities concerned have to send samples of spurious liquor to other states. He said the test reports, in most cases, are available only after inordinate delay and sometimes they never arrive at all.

"We shall send a team of officers in the rank of commissioner and joint commissioner to Maharashtra and Delhi to get a first-hand account of the advanced technology and equipment in use. This is in accordance with the government of India guidelines and will be financed by the ministry of food processing for which we shall prepare a detailed project report," he added.