Liquor restrictions in Tamil Nadu lead to hefty rise in Puducherry sales

Following the restrictions on liquor sale in Tamil Nadu, several tipplers turn to nearby Puducherry resulting in a growth of 30 per cent sale of alcohol in the Union Territory, Tamil Nadu Minister for

Published: 20th June 2017 04:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2017 07:54 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Following the restrictions on liquor sale in Tamil Nadu, several tipplers turn to nearby Puducherry resulting in a growth of 30 per cent sale of alcohol in the Union Territory, Tamil Nadu Minister for Electricity, Prohibition and Excise P Thangamani informed the Assembly on Monday while replying to Opposition’s demand for a total prohibition.

Explaining the steps taken towards gradual implementation of prohibition, as promised by the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, he noted that 500 retail shops had been closed since June 19, 2016 and another 500 from February 24 this year.

As many as 3,321 Tasmac liquor outlets were closed down as on April 1 this year, following the Supreme Court order on shifting shops located along the national, state highways, he said, adding no new shops were opened in violation of the Supreme Court order.

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