Holi is not just synonymous with colours, it is also known for the happy ‘after hours' where tradition permits the ‘pious' to consume intoxicants.

But the recent directive from the city police to close all the wine shops and the traffic police's resolve to conduct its enforcement against drunken driving has thrown a spanner in the plans of the revellers.

While closing of the wine shops is not a big problem for the citizens of Hyderabad, as they can always stock up during the run-up to the festival, the problem for them is the possibility of getting caught by the traffic police.NEMMANI SREEDHAR