Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is proceeding with the move to set up Beverages Corporation outlets in the property of KSRTC. The liquor outlets will operate in the vacant buildings of KSRTC and not inside the depots. It has been decided in a meeting under CMD Biju Prabhakar with the union leaders to give away such 16 locations. Earlier, several protests were conducted against opening liquor outlets at KSRTC depot and complexes. The CMD informed that such measures are planned considering the financial crisis faced by the KSRTC.
And also Kerala State Beverages Corporation (BEVCO) has no plans to open its liquor stores in buildings owned by Kerala State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC), Excise Minister MV Govindan said on Thursday. "There is no discussion about opening BEVCO liquor outlets in KSRTC depots. It was a pointless campaign by the media," the minister said. "The Excise department has not held any consultation in this regard except seeking recommendation from KSRTC," he clarified.
Bevco officers will examine the selected sites and give permission to open outlets at suitable locations. However, the Excise Department denied its involvement in the project while KSRTC is proceeding with the procedures to open liquor outlets.