Jamshedpur, Aug. 1: Several of liquor shops remained shut down after government employees under Jharkhand Excise took over the liquor shops across the steel city. The steel city now has only 25 liquor shops operating instead of 91 shops. Assistant commissioner, Jharkhand Excise, Jamshedpur, Manoj Kumar said that they are keeping a strict vigil on the shops.
Of 25, the first retail outlet opened at Kagalnagar in Sonari was followed by another shop at Kadma market this evening. The shops could not be opened at its schedule time at 1 pm due to logistic related problems. Actual sale of liquor began only in the evening.
” We started sending the consignments from Bhilaipahari, which houses the store house of Jharkhand State Beverage Corporation Limited ( JSBCL), a government entity, to the retail shops at around 4 pm. Therefore, the actual sale began late,” said Ajay Kumar, an inspector of state excise
department’s Jamshedpur division.
Excise department officials informed that two shops in each locality including Sonari, Kadma, Sakchi and Telco will be opened. In Bistupur, the department took on rent a premises ( measuring around 350 sq. ft) belonging to one Kanchan Ray, owner of an eatery inside the Bistupur-market. The Bistupur-outlet could not open today.
At Jamshedpur there are 98 Indian Make Foreign Liquor (IMFL) licensed shops, 51 country-made liqour shop and 15 spicy liquor shops. Notably, the steel city has a history of manufacturing of duplicate liquor as the district police had in the past busted several rackets of duplicate liquor manufacturing units, especially from the localities like Bagbera, Jugsalai and Kadma.