Wednesday, July 5, 2017
The Prohibition and Excise Department has given licenses to 3,000 liquor shops and 463 bars in the State on Wednesday in addition to 92 licenses to 92 new bars in tune with the new liquor policy.
According to sources, 4,380 liquor shops, 743 bars and 25 bars (located in clubs) are running in the State. The government has given 45 days time for obtaining new licenses. However, more than 50 per cent of wine shops and bars owners took license in just five days.
Joint Commissioner (Admn.) of Prohibition and Excise Department A.Chandrasekhar Naidu said that new license was expected to be complete by July 20 and the number of bars gone up to 835 with the government issuing lines to 92 new bars.
He said that notices have been served to 40 dealers as the local raised objections to running wine shops or bars in residential areas in the vicinity of places of worship or educational institutions. Director (Enforcement) Prohibition and Excise K.Venkateswara Rao said officials had booked 161 cases for running belt shops and arrested 169 persons in the last few days. He said that they are conducting raids to prevent belt shops and MRP violations.