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Liquor offtake from State beverages corporation falls

Officials estimate decline could be around 10% from July

The offtake of liquor from Karnataka State Beverages Corporation Ltd. (KSBCL) is expected to come down from July as about 3,600 liquor vending outlets are expected to temporarily close or are in the process of relocation due to a Supreme Court order that bars sale of alcohol within a distance of 500 metres from highways.

Officials estimate that the decline could be in the range of 10%.

Already the offtake of Indian Made Liquor (IML) has come down this month so far owing to the confusion of the closure and relocation of liquor vending establishments, sources in the corporation said.

In 2016, about 41.12 lakh cases of IML had been lifted from June 1 to June 28; it is 38.56 lakh cases till June 28 this year.

“We have seen a decline this June as vendors are not clear. They are not lifting the stocks since by midnight of June 30 many outlets on the national highway stretches have to be closed,” a senior official said.

He pointed out that a total of 49 lakh cases of IML had been lifted from the depots in June last year. “We will not be any were close to the target this year.”

Beer, however, is proving to be an exception. Offtake of beer till June 28 has increased from 17.25 lakh cases last year to 18.76 lakh cases this year.

“Beer sales have seen an increase since many breweries are making promotional sales,” the official added. Incidentally, 19.59 lakh cases of beer had been sold through the month of June last year.

According to KSBCL official, the exact drop in offtake of IML will be known by the end of July. “Liquor establishments that are expected to shut shop are legally entitled to purchase their stock even tomorrow. Many may be in the process of relocation.”

Meanwhile, a senior official in Excise Department said that exact number of outlets that have shut shop and number of outlets that have been relocated will be known only in the first week of July.

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