West Bengal recorded liquor gross sales of Rs 40 crores on the primary day of reopening of standalone outlets on Monday, a wine merchants’ physique of the state stated.
Forty-two days after the lockdown was enforced, the state authorities allowed solely “OFF” outlets to reopen in all of the purple, orange and inexperienced zones, besides these positioned in containment areas from Monday.
“The state registered liquor gross sales of round Rs 40 crores yesterday. Seventy per cent of the states liquor outlets positioned in purple, orange and inexperienced zones reopened yesterday,” stated Sushmita Mukherjee, Assistant Secretary of West Bengal Overseas Liquor, ON, OFF, CS Retailers and Resort Homeowners Affiliation.
The remaining 30 per cent outlets are in containment zones, she stated on Tuesday.
The shops that resumed operation from Monday after 42 days witnessed unruly crowd behaviour, forcing the authorities to close down a lot of them quickly after they opened shutters.
“The gross sales determine might have been increased if the outlets remained open through the stipulated hours — from three pm to six pm,” Ms Mukherjee stated.
The federal government modified the timing and from Tuesday onwards, the outlets will stay open from 12 midday to 7 pm.
“In the present day additionally individuals made a beeline exterior outlets however the crowd was manageable. Licensees have deployed volunteers to assist keep social distancing among the many prospects standing in queue,” Ms Mukherjee stated.
She stated gross sales of Tuesday are anticipated to be increased than Mondays because the outlets functioned for your complete sevenhour interval.
The West Bengal authorities final month determined to impose 30 per cent gross sales tax on wine and beer. The responsibility could be relevant to the prevailing inventory.
The federal government disallowed liquor shops positioned in purchasing complexes to reopen. Beer pubs, golf equipment, restaurantcum-bars and hotel-restaurant-cum-bars may also stay closed.