Man returns after buying liquor from a bar in Kottakkal in Malappuram using BevQ app. Long queue of buyers also seen. (Photo: Ajith Sankaran)
Thiruvananthapuram: The Beverages Corporation (Bevco) has implemented a new method for liquor distribution. Due to the technical glitches in BevQ app, Bevco has stopped the QR code scanning system. Those who arrive with identity cards will get liquor. The list of customers who have booked online will be handed over to the concerned shops.
There were many complaints that those who book through the app do not get tokens. Following this, Bevco came up with the new arrangement. As the tokens were not generated, long queues were formed in front of the liquor outlets in the state for many hours in the previous days.
The government also faced huge loss due to the delay in developing the BevQ app and the troubles in booking process. As the app was not ready in time, the liquor sale started partially 10 days after the government order was issued. Many people did not buy liquor as the token was generated to shops very far from their place.
The government order to sell liquor was issued on May 18, but sales started on May 28. Even then, the sales resumed only partially. Many customers received token to liquor shops that are 20-30 kilometres away and those cannot travel the distance decided not to buy liquor at all.