Nagpur: The latest order from Supreme Court may have forced shut entire liquor vends within 500 meters of state and national highways, but this does not deter the booze lovers to find their way out! Though at little inconvenience the spirit of regular drinkers fail to die down. The liquor enthusiasts have been pushed into queues and forced to shell out more than the usual prices of their favourite bottle. The shops that were lucky enough to escape unhurt from the SC’s diktat are ruling the roost. At these shops, the customers are flooding like never before.
Every evening, the liquor shop on Orange City Street (famous as London Street) – a stretch from Khamla vegetable market towards Jaitala, is seen overcrowded with customers lined up to buy their ‘daily quota’.
Similar such scene surfaced on Wednesday evening when the boozers throng at liquor shops like the devotees visit the temples to greet their deities.
Nagpur Today learnt that ever since the liquor vends populace were thinned by SC order, the remaining shops and bars are making huge killing by increasing the prices. A bottle of liquor are being sold at Rs 50 to Rs 60 over and above the printed price.
Interestingly the customers are being overcharged in front of the policemen who rushed to the shop to take control of the ‘situation’.
That the liquor shops have hiked the prices on their own is in the common knowledge of excise department however the officials chose to turn the mute spectator for the reasons best known to them.
Meanwhile, the noise and chaos marring the liquor shops have become the regular feature but this has certainly not dampened the spirit of those who really want to drink.
— By Jack Punch