THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Concerned over the State Government’s new liquor policy that would bring in total liquor prohibition in the state, clubs are planning to approach the government seeking certain relaxations in the norms.
Officials of the Trivandrum Club in the capital city, one of the oldest clubs in the state with an annual turnover of close to Rs 15 crore, would meet Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday raising their concerns.Members of the Trivandrum Club - which has politicians and top cops among its members - are highly apprehensive about the new liquor policy as once implemented, it would affect the club’s revenue.
The club is planning to request the government to provide five-star hotel status to it so that they can continue to have the social drinking facility here. “The club has sufficient facilities to be given five-star status,” they pointed out. “Trivandrum Club is an elite club in South India and has affiliation with all major clubs across the country. We have affiliation with around 120 clubs across the country in addition to international clubs. Closing down the liquor facilities would affect the club’s revenue,” Club secretary Cyriac Joseph said.