Bars in IT parks: Conflicts over contracts erupt

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Thiruvananthapuram: The final draft of the recommendations for new bar licences could not be prepared due to clashes between abkaris to own bars that will be launched in the IT parks.

It has been a month since the abkari policy was amended and the excise department handed over its recommendations to the state government.

The excise department has suggested to set up restaurants with facilities to serve foreign liquor and beer in the IT parks. Such restaurants could be considered as bars without star ratings. It should have facilities, including a bar room, restaurant, store room for liquor.

Apart from giving the authority to run such restaurants to the IT companies, the government had considered the agencies entrusted by the companies. Later, the recommendations to entrust the management to outsiders evolved by considering the inexperience of the IT firms in bar and hotel managements. This government proposal was supported by the IT department also.

The decisions over eligibility criteria and licence fee have not been taken yet. The annual fee for bars and clubs are Rs 30 lakh and Rs 20 lakh, respectively. The excise department has recommended imposing a club licence fee from the liquor outlets in IT parks. The IT firms are pressing to reduce this rate again by considering the lesser number of consumers expected here compared to the usual clubs.

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