Banking the increasing demand for alcohol and to check the border smuggling post the lockdown shutdown, Andhra Pradesh government has come up with government-led premium retail liquor boutiques across the state. This has come as good news for the tipplers thronging at wine shops forced to snub corona guidelines.
Sources revealed AP government is ramping up to launch liquor boutiques across the state where all premium, international liquor brands will be made available. It was learnt that the new liquor policy introduced by the state government is in support of issuing new licenses for these boutiques which will be under the control of the state excise department.
The liquor shops will be built with high-class interiors where customers can walk in and pick liquor bottles of their choice just like in supermarkets. If this is believed to be true, Andhra Pradesh will be the first state to start this trend which will start taking shape from October 1st after the new policy comes into force.
However, it can be noted that the government has made it clear that the number of liquor shops in the state will not be increased more than 2,934. Followed by the 40-day lockdown, heavy turnout was witnessed even as the government decided to increase the cost of liquor by 25 per cent to discourage people from consuming alcohol.
Though guidelines were issued that only five people should be allowed in the queue with six feet distance to maintain social distancing, people did not heed to the directions and came out in large numbers even after the government relaxed the timing restraints.