KOCHI: Now-a-days it seems like technology is prepared for all the problems that people are going to face in the future. It is similar in the case of the alcohol ban. Recently the government of Kerala proposed a ban of sale of liquor in hotels which does not have the five-star status.
This means people are only left with the option of BEVCO’s.
But it seems like some were already prepared for it. Android apps like Bevapp and Kuppi give details of the nearest BEVCO outlet and the rates of all the alcohol available there to the users.
The Kuppi app is being downloaded by more than 500 users each day.
LeoSystems, developer of the app said, “We already have more than 1 lakh downloads and an average 500 new users download the app on a daily basis. The relevance of the app has become more at this time.”
Sreekanth Nair, a resident of Kochi said, “ I do not understand the reason behind the whole ban. I don’t really think it is going to reduce the consumption. All it is going to do is make the lines at the BEVCO’s longer. At such a time an app like this turns out to be very helpful for me. I can locate the shop and also plan what I need to buy.”
Ronaldo Antony, the creator of Bevapp said, “I did not create the app thinking it will come in use at such a situation. But now it does. I created the app mainly for social drinkers as they are not aware of the rates and location. The boozers have all this information by heart. I guess it will serve the purpose until the BEVCO’s are up and running.”
Greg Thomas , a DJ in Kochi, said, “The app is really useful. It helps a lot. But I just hope they don’t come up with the option of even stopping that.”
Harish Mohanan, a business man from Kochi, said, “I downloaded the app long back. While it serves the purpose but then in Kerala you can ask any man on the road and they will direct you to the nearest shop. That is Kerala, no app is required. “
Ananthalakshmi, a student in Kochi said, “I understand that the apps are helpful. But tell me how often have you seen girls going to the BEVCO and buying alcohol. I am not sure if it is even possible in a place like Kerala. This makes it a complete waste for us. I feel the ban is actually a ban for girls because we are now left with absolutely no option.”