The sheer demand for liquor Tamil Nadu and in other parts of the country during the lockdown may break all past single-day alcohol sales records.
Not just Tamil Nadu but liquor sales have shot up sharply after government allowed shops to open in non-containment zones across the country. (Photo: PTI)
Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) outlets recently sold liquor worth Rs 172.59 crore in just a day.
It may be noted that 5,146 TASMAC outlets in the state usually recorded daily sales of about Rs 70 to Rs 80 crore before the lockdown.
But as liquor stores were allowed to resume operations in non-containment areas in the state, just 3,750 TASMAC outlets earned over Rs 170 crore.
The highest sale was registered in Madurai where liquor worth Rs 46.78 crore was sold. Madurai was followed Trichy zone with sales worth Rs 45.67 crore; Rs 41.56 crore in Salem zone; Rs. 28.42 crores in Coimbatore zone and Rs 10.16 crore in Chennai zone including Cuddalore, Viluppuram and suburbs of Chengelpet, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur.
TASMACs generate a significant share of the revenue for the state government.
Sales of alcohol usually rise in the state TARMACs during Pongal, Diwali and New Year, ranging between Rs 120 crore to Rs 200 crore in a single day.
But the sheer demand for liquor Tamil Nadu and in other parts of the country during the lockdown may break all past single-day alcohol sales records.
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