Instruction given to relocate 32 outlets, and upgrade facilities in 57 others, Bevco tells Court
The state government is exploring the possibility of allowing liquor outlets at KSRTC bus terminal complexes.
The court told BEVCO that merely because it was the highest revenue making entity in Kerala does not mean it was doing a good job.
"You may be the highest revenue making entity in the state. But that doesn't mean you are doing a good job," the court told Bevco
The Beverages Corporation’s liquor outlets are going in for an image makeover with more customer-friendly services.
Bevco is offering premium service to customers who have made online booking.
The court was considering a contempt case against the excise commissioner for not implementing the order to take steps to improve facilities at Bevco outlets.
This is despite a large number of Bevco outlets remaining closed on account of TPR-based restrictions.
Reports that Kerala State Beverages Corporation is getting ready to hike the prices of foreign-made foreign liquor (FMFL) brands in the state have created a flutter.
The High Court said that people are scared of such shops coming to their areas as the environment becomes vitiated since the outlets are so dirty.
The high density of population and limited number of shops often lead to serpentine queues in front of Bevco outlets, which is one of the reasons Kerala is branded an alcoholic state, say experts
After the second lockdown, Bevco had raised the profit share for liquor supplied to bars to 25% and that for Consumerfed to 20%
When customers line up in front of liquor shops and spill over to public places and roads, it certainly is an affront on the collective dignity of society as a whole, observed the court
Though a few policemen have been posted in front of outlets to control crowd, they have become mute spectators.
Days have been tough for police personnel deployed on Covid duty at public places after the liquor outlets reopened.