Tough time for boozers as bars stay shut

Tough time for boozers as bars stay shut
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These are tough times for boozers as the most of the liquor shops, bars still remain closed in this district. Actually the bars were to be re-opened from Monday onwards but the norms framed by the government, especially commissioner of Excise department become a hurdle to open the bar shops.

Vizianagaram: These are tough times for boozers as the most of the liquor shops, bars still remain closed in this district. Actually the bars were to be re-opened from Monday onwards but the norms framed by the government, especially commissioner of Excise department become a hurdle to open the bar shops.

Now only one bar and two three liquor shops have opened in Vizianagaram town, out of a total of 18 and the boozers are forced to stand in a line there to buy liquor. The police force is deployed in these shops to control the mob. The 18 shops usually would have had a business of around Rs 18-20 lakh per day.

The new excise policy has been imposed from 1 July but still the shops are being not opened completely. The liquor traders are waiting for relaxation of norms in establishing their shops.

As per the norms framed by the government no shop should be near 200 metres to the national highways and bar and restaurants should have minimum distance of 100 miters from temples, schools, hospitals and other holy places.

Now the bar owners are searching loopholes to re-open their bars as they have spent lakhs of rupees on license fee and on other expenditure. They have been waiting for the de-notification of some towns from the tough norms.

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