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CHENNAI: The state government has announced it will permanently shut 500 Tasmac retail vending shops across the state beginning Thursday. The decision comes in the wake of poor liquor sales, and is backed by the government’s efforts to prevent sale of spurious liquor in the districts.

The move is in line with an announcement made in the assembly by former prohibition and excise minister V Senthil Balaji that 500 retail shops would be closed this year. The closure of some liquor shops in a phased manner was also part of the DMK‘s poll manifesto. Though the state government had planned to announce the closure on M Karunanidhi’s birth anniversary, the decision was postponed.

In 2021-2022, the government had closed 96 retail vending shops. With the latest announcement, the number of shops closed by the DMK government has risen to 596. The total number of liquor shops in the state will come down to 4,829.

In the backdrop of deaths due to consumption of spurious liquor in districts, more shops have been selected from Chennai region for closure, despite it being a major market for Tasmac. “We have ensured that the closure of shops does not pave way for spurious liquor,” said an official working with Tasmac.

Of the 500 shops, a little over 25 per cent have been selected from Chennai region. While there are 905 shops in Chennai region, which includes Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram, 138 shops (about 15%) will be closed from Thursday. In Tiruvallur east district, which has a maximum number of shops (217), 32 have been identified for closure.

The selection criteria for the 500 shops included low sales, cluster of outlets in a neighbourhood, shops located near religious places and educational institutions and shops entangled in litigations. Tasmac management has issued a detailed procedure to be followed by the district managers of the corporation with respect to closure of the shops.

CPM leader K Balakrishan has welcomed the state government’s move to close 500 Tasmac outlets. “The rest of the shops too should be closed in phased manner to implement prohibition in the State,” he said in a statement.

Chennai: The state government has announced it will permanently shut 500 Tasmac retail vending shops across the state beginning Thursday. The decision comes in the wake of poor liquor sales, and is backed by the government’s efforts to prevent sale of spurious liquor in the districts.

The move is in line with an announcement made in the assembly by former prohibition and excise minister V Senthil Balaji that 500 retail shops would be closed this year. The closure of some liquor shops in a phased manner was also part of the DMK’s poll manifesto. Though the state government had planned to announce the closure on M Karunanidhi’s birth anniversary, the decision was postponed.

In 2021-2022, the government had closed 96 retail vending shops. With the latest announcement, the number of shops closed by the DMK government has risen to 596. The total number of liquor shops in the state will come down to 4,829.

In the backdrop of deaths due to consumption of spurious liquor in districts, more shops have been selected from Chennai region for closure, despite it being a major market for Tasmac. “We have ensured that the closure of shops does not pave way for spurious liquor,” said an official working with Tasmac.

Of the 500 shops, a little over 25 per cent have been selected from Chennai region. While there are 905 shops in Chennai region, which includes Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram, 138 shops (about 15%) will be closed from Thursday. In Tiruvallur east district, which has a maximum number of shops (217), 32 have been identified for closure.

The selection criteria for the 500 shops included low sales, cluster of outlets in a neighbourhood, shops located near religious places and educational institutions and shops entangled in litigations. Tasmac management has issued a detailed procedure to be followed by the district managers of the corporation with respect to closure of the shops.

CPM leader K Balakrishan has welcomed the state government’s move to close 500 Tasmac outlets. “The rest of the shops too should be closed in phased manner to implement prohibition in the State,” he said in a statement.

  • Published On Jun 24, 2023 at 08:30 AM IST

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