Hyderabad: When it comes to liquor business, there is no ‘bar’ on the number of people who want to have a piece of the action. This is evident from the mind-boggling number of applications – 8,464 – received for licenses to operate 159 bars across the State. Interestingly, there were 315 applications for a single bar in Yadadri. All these applications come with a non-refundable fee of Rs.1 lakh.
It was not only just male applicants but also women who applied in large numbers. In all, the Excise department received 8,464 applications for setting up of 159 new bars across the State. Of the total applications for bars in Khammam, Nalgonda, Suryapet and Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri districts, 30 per cent were from people hailing from Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
The allotment of new bars in the districts was completed through draw of lots on Thursday while the exercise in the GHMC limits will be conducted on Friday at Ananthula Ramreddy Gardens in Nagole-Bandlaguda Road from 11 am, officials said.
The bar in Yadadri received the highest number of applications compared to other bars in the State while least applications were received for three bars in Bhodhan. Three each applications were received for nine bars in Bhodhan.
According to officials, the department has received 700 applications for five bars – two each in Choutuppal and one each in Mothkur, Alair and Yadadri in Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri district. For establishing a bar in Yadadri, the department got 315 applications. Seventy women were among the total applicants who applied for five bars in the district.
Of the five bars, four local persons in the district won the allotment while another person from Hyderabad got the allotment, an official said. He explained that the response from the applicants for the bar in Yadadri was overwhelming as the area always teems with hundreds of people everyday.
The interest shown by liquor businessmen in Yadadri may be because it is a happening place now, an Excise official told Telangana Today.
For half a dozen bars in Nalgonda district, 713 people including 70 women submitted applications. In Khammam, as many as 381 applicants including 51 women applied for two bars. As the erstwhile Nalgonda and Khammam are bordering districts of Telangana with Andhra Pradesh, more than 30 per cent of the liquor businessmen from Andhra Pradesh applied.
However, luck favoured most the local businessmen in Nalgonda and Khammam districts as they got the allotment through the draw of lots. Another official said more number of people applied for the new bars as it is permanent business and there is no need to apply again like wine shops. Around 1,338 applications were received from the GHMC limits including, Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and, Medak districts.
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