KOCHI: Rajan Joseph, president of Gymkhana Club, Kochi, said its members and their families used the food and liquor facilities at the club to celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries or similar other occasions. “If liquor is prohibited, that life is gone,” he said.
Establishments like the Officers’ Club in Thiruvanthapuram may not be affected much. Major clubs affiliated to other national and international clubs are going to suffer due to a possible ban on alcohol, said Jayan Nair, president of Officers Club, Thiruvananthapuram. “Guests from other states and abroad visit these clubs and avail the facilities,” said Nair.
Trivandrum Club in the capital city, one of the oldest clubs in the state with an annual turnover of close to `15 crore, is highly apprehensive about the new liquor policy. Once implemented, it would affect the club’s revenue, said Trivandrum Club secretary Cyriac Joseph. “Trivandrum Club is an elite club in south India and has affiliation with all major clubs across the country. Closing down the liquor facilities at the club would affect the revenue and will have a negative impact,” he said.
(With inputs from Thiruvananthapuram/Kozhikode)