Liquor

increase in the number of liquor stores with premium brands

Kakinada: Given the huge response to liquor stores that cater to high-end brands, efforts are being made to increase the number of these stores in the coming days. In the district of East Godavari, six such stores were opened in the divisions of Kakinada, Rajamahendravaram and Amalapuram. However, in some places locals resist attempts to establish street liquor stores.

Excise Superintendent Lakshmikanth said there had been a good response, including from women.

These stores are on the lines of supermarkets and malls where consumers can enter and purchase up to three bottles of alcohol. There is a jumper there only half bottles and full bottles (375ml and 750ml) are sold.

“Nine stores have been sanctioned for the East Godavari district, which could be increased depending on the response,” said deputy excise commissioner Dr Anugula Chaitanya Murali. He said the salespeople and supervisors are appointed by the respective depot managers.

However, there is strong opposition from locals in some areas. A high-end liquor store has been sanctioned for Antarvedi. But, many villagers opposed it because the village is a holy place where there is a Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple. According to sources, respecting local sentiments, the department withdrew the proposal. Similar opposition was encountered in Ramaraop and in Kakinada. Residents have filed a complaint against the opening of liquor stores.

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