Little effect seen in the ‘liquor ban’ along highways in Maharashtra
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 31-Jul-2017
Mumbai, July 31: Just like liquor ban in Gujarat, Maharashtra also opted to walk on the same road. Just today, the Supreme Court’s ban on sale of alcohol within 500 metres of state and national highways that triggered the closure of over 60% liquor outlets across the state has ceased to have any substantial effect on the volume of alcohol consumption.
In the first financial quarter since April1, the overall sale of spirits and beer just fell down by 19% which is way below than 35-40% which the Excise department had expected. According to sources, sale of beer fell to 8.29 crore bulk litres in the first three months following the ban from 10.47 crore bulk litres sold in the corresponding period last year. That is a 21 per cent drop.
However, the liquor ban did not really work in lowering down the consumption, the excise officials’ fear of a different scenario at the end of this financial year. The liquor ban showed a little deep because in December last year, the excise duty on country liquor was increased by 8%. The hike on alcohol showed steep rise in the consumption of liquor.