Kerala government announced on Wednesday to allow the opening of liquor outlets in the state from 9 am to 5 pm starting Thursday. However, people will have to book liquor through a mobile application before collecting it from the respective outlets. This decision is taken to avoid long queues in front of liquor shops. Apart from that, the government also said that not more than five people will be allowed in the queue at a time.
The state government has launched a mobile app called BevQ, developed by Kochi-based startup Faircode Technologies Private Limited. Google on Wednesday gave its nod to go live on the Play Store. The mobile app was launched for virtual queue management of the liquor sale.
The Kerala Excise Minister said, "We have decided to create a mobile application for crowd management at liquor shops. This is not for home delivery but to book tokens for sale through beverage shops and bars. Our plan is to create a virtual queue management system."
The Kerala government has allowed as many as 576 bar hotels, 291 beer parlors and 301 government outlets to sell alcohol, beer, wine and beer to be sold at MRP.
As per the government's guidelines, one person can make a booking once in four days. They can be made through the BevQ application or via SMS.