Hyderabad bought alcohol worth Rs 25 crore on the day lockdown was announced

The shops inside GHMC limits have recorded round 3 times extra gross sales than the typical gross sales throughout different days.

Quickly after the lockdown was introduced in Telangana on Might 11, a mad rush was seen throughout wine retailers in Hyderabad. All today, those that take pleasure in their alcohol have been comfy as authorities officers and Chief Minister KCR himself reiterated repeatedly {that a} lockdown was not an possibility that the federal government was contemplating. The information introduced again flashback of the lengthy queues at liquor retailers when a lockdown was introduced final 12 months throughout the first wave of the pandemic.

Inside hours, most racks in wine retailers have been empty with folks indulging in panic shopping for. In accordance with market watchers, wine retailers inside Higher Hyderabad Municipal Company (GHMC) limits bought alcohol price round Rs 25 crore on Tuesday. A majority of the gross sales have been recorded after the lockdown was introduced.

In accordance with the Telangana Wine Sellers Affiliation, whereas there are 460 shops inside GHMC limits the state has a complete of two,400 shops. Whereas retailers inside GHMC limits report a mean sale of Rs 5 lakh each day, on Tuesday a mean sale of Rs 15 lakh was recorded.

“About 90% of shares have been bought by the point we closed our retailers on Tuesday. The 10% consists of premium manufacturers that don’t promote very simply. On Wednesday morning, the panic shopping for continued. We needed to promote from the remaining 10% inventory as a result of we haven’t replenished the inventory but after yesterday’s gross sales,” mentioned a wine store proprietor on the situation of anonymity.

Whereas most retailers noticed an enormous rush on Tuesday after the lockdown was introduced, it was solely within the night that the Excise Division directed all shops to place up a board saying liquor retailers can be open from 6 to 10 am throughout the lockdown within the state.

Nonetheless, wine store house owners aren’t very pleased with the brand new timings throughout the lockdown.

“Are folks supposed to purchase milk, greens and different necessities, or are they anticipated to purchase alcohol? There are a number of logistical points. There was no planning by the federal government. The timings ideally ought to have been from 10 am to 12 midday or within the night. The current timing presents quite a lot of points. We don’t get important providers passes after we shut the store. We have to deposit cash within the financial institution after which attain house. We shall be stopped by the police. Additionally shopping for objects from the depot to refill our inventory is a matter as a result of we don’t get labour throughout lockdown hours. There are too many logistical points,” the store proprietor mentioned.

READ: Folks line up at wine retailers as Telangana pronounces lockdown

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