Liquor sales continue to soar despite heat wave
While the soaring temperatures and heat waves across the district are making an adverse impact on all business activities, one department is still making profits and filling the coffers of the treasury even under acute drought. It is none other than the Department of Excise. Boozers in the district are gulping large quantities of wine and beer to beat the summer heat.
Nalgonda: While the soaring temperatures and heat waves across the district are making an adverse impact on all business activities, one department is still making profits and filling the coffers of the treasury even under acute drought. It is none other than the Department of Excise. Boozers in the district are gulping large quantities of wine and beer to beat the summer heat.
The figures furnished by the Excise Department indicate how liquor is flowing like a river in Nalgonda district in spite of the acute spell of drought. The Excise department has two divisions in Nalgonda and Miryalguda towns. Among these, the Nalgonda division has nine excise outlets namely Nalgonda, Nakrekal, Suryapet, Tungaturthi, Chandur, Bhongir, Ramannapeta, Alair and Mothkur with 175 wine shops, 16 bars and one club.
However, Miryalaguda division has six excise outlets namely Miryalaguda, Huzurnagar, Kodad, Devarakonda, Nampally and Halia with 266 wine shops, 23 bars and one liquor club. When the figures of the beer and liquor sales during last year were compared with that of the April 16 this year in the two divisions, the Excise department earned lot of revenue and reaped profits.
The Nalgonda excise division earned Rs 22.33 crore by selling beer to 81,144 people and IML to 34,709 people last year. Whereas this year, the division earned Rs 41.13 crore by selling of beer to 1,59,907 people and IML to 66,821 people. Thus, there has been a 97% growth in the sale of beer and 92% growth in the sale of IML when compared to the sales during the first 16 days last year.
Similarly, the Excise division in Miryalaguda earned Rs 10.79 crore by selling beer to 45,785 people and IML to 14,687 people during the first 16 days of April last year. However, during the first 16 days of April this year, the division earned Rs 23.01 crore by selling of beer to 55,731 people and IML to 48,724 people.
While only 21% growth was recorded in the sales of beer a whopping 231% growth in the sales of IML was recorded by April 16 this year when compared to the figures of last year till April 16. Expressing his happiness over the earnings and hike in liquor sales, Nalgonda District Excise Deputy Commissioner N Jeevan Singh said that the district stood in the second position after Khammam in liquor sales in the Telangana State.
Speaking to the media here on Monday, Singh said that the ban on the sales of gudumba from the district and sales at the MRP improved the sale of liquor to a considerable extent.