Maharashtra sells over 16 lakh litres of alcohol, nets Rs 62 cr revenue on Day 2, with just one-third shops open

The Maharashtra government collected more than Rs 62 crore revenue on Day 2 of liquor sale after relaxations in COVID-19 lockdown were announced, said a senior official on Tuesday. On Day 1, Rs 11 crore was collected the official said.

“For the first time, we sold more than 16 lakh litre of

There are 10,822 license holders in the state of which 3,543 opened for business. The long queues outside every shop have now reflected in states coffers with the sale of an estimated 16.10 lakh litres of bottled IMFL, beer, wines and country liquor.

“The estimated earnings from the sale stood at Rs 62.55 crore, said Kantilal Umap, state excise commissioner.

There are 17 districts (out of total 36) in Maharashtra where liquor shops remained open.

Collectors in nine districts have decided not to permit opening of liquor shops to avoid the spread of the coronavirus infection.

Two districts-Osmanabad and Latur-had opened shops but due to crowding, the authorities immediately ordered their closure.

There are five other districts where liquor shops were not opened but the authorities are working out a plan to allow them to operate in the coming days.

Maharashtra has three dry districts-Wardha, Gadchiroli and Chandrapur.

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