Telangana kick denied for AP tipplers
It is a major disappointment for AP beer guzzlers in the sizzling summer. While the Telangana beer manufacturing companies are stocked to the brim and ready to supply beer to Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana government has come out with ban stopping the malted liquor exports to the neighbouring state.
Hyderabad: It is a major disappointment for AP beer guzzlers in the sizzling summer. While the Telangana beer manufacturing companies are stocked to the brim and ready to supply beer to Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana government has come out with ban stopping the malted liquor exports to the neighbouring state.
On the instructions from Telangana Excise and Prohibition Department, as many as 17 breweries located in and around Hyderabad have stopped supplying beer to AP. The companies have been asked to supply beer only to the Telangana State Breweries Corporation Limited (TSBCL), the official agency to supply liquor to all licensed liquor outlets.
Since the demand for beer got doubled this season, the companies were asked to meet the demand first in Telangana.
Officials said that the demand for beer was around 24 lakh cases per month as against 16 lakh during the off-season.
All the breweries have also been asked to keep required stocks in advance to meet further demand in the next two months.
“Against all the odds, the government is supplying required water to the companies for beer manufacturing. It is the responsibility of the companies to meet the demand first in the home state,” an official told The Hans India.
As a result, Andhra Pradesh suffered huge problem in bridging the demand and supply gap. At present, only 2 lakh cases were available as the lone brewery company in Srikakulam was manufacturing the beer. The total demand is around 20 lakh cases per month.
Telangana Breweries Association Secretary A Kameshwar Rao said that the companies produced beer to meet the demand for both states but all of a sudden Telangana government clamped a ban on exports. Before the ban, a major quantum of beer was being supplied to Andhra Pradesh besides exporting to Maharashtra, Puducherry and Odisha.
“Excess stocks are lying in the godowns for three weeks. If the stocks are not lifted in three months, the product would expire,” Kameshwar Rao rued.
Sensing that the licenced liquor outlets in AP would lose huge profits as well as the state with beer scarcity, AP Wines Dealers Association on Saturday submitted a memorandum to AP Excise Commissioner M K Meena requesting him to resolve the issue immediately.
Association president R Subba Rao said that the AP government already exempted liquor import duty on beer being supplied from Telangana to prevent financial burden on the companies. But, the TS government decided to stop the supply, he said.
By:Patan Afzal Babu