The Andhra Pradesh government has hiked the Liquor Prices by 25%, citing it as the step to restrict the public to consume less amount of liquor which might turn as complete liquor ban in the state as announced by the chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy earlier.
Besides hiking Liquor Price across the state, The Jagan’s Government also reduced the count of the wine shops in the state from 4,380 to 3,500.
Although Liquor Price is hiked, all the wine shops across the state witnessed heavy turnout. Police had to step in and bring normalcy at some places while some shops have to be closed down minutes after opening as crowd control proved a difficult task.
As liquor shops remain closed for the past 40 days, people queued up in front of the outlets from morning itself to get a bottle of their favourite brands.
Though guidelines were issued that only five people should be allowed in queue with six feet distance to maintain social distancing, people did not heed to the directions and came out in large numbers.
In containment areas like Vijayawada city, wine shops remain closed and people flocked to nearby rural areas to buy liquor.