Sale Of Liquor Has Doubled In Two Years
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By Nisha Nambiar
Liquor sale in the city has almost doubled in the last two years, excise department statistics reveal. The city has seen a rise in the sale of country liquor, foreign liquor and beer in 2008 and 2009, and this year too the sales has only been better. Excluding some months where there was some decline in the sale of wine, the liquor consumption in the city has only increased in 2009–10.
Deputy superintedent of excise department RV Nimbalkar said that from 2008 the sales have only increased. In a comparitive analysis from April 09July 09, the sales of all the four categories of liquor have registered a positive growth.
The comparative figures of 2009–10 April–July of country liquor has seen this year register a 10.92 per cent rise in consumption. Nimbalkar said that while there was a total of 6 51,0651 litres sold in 2009, the figures for this year in the same period were at 7, 21,515 litres. The foreign liquor scenario too was the same.
The total consumption of foreign liquor as compared to last year is about 7.27 per cent more as per the figures registed for the four months. With 68,05343 litres sale figure in 2009, this year has registed sales of 7300383 litres of foreign liquor.
Beer has hit it off well for Puneites with about 22.87 per cent rise in consumption. The figures registered with the excise department has shown that the last year consumption and sale of beer in litres were at 12538950 litres while in 2010 it was at 15, 406307 litres, while wine has registered only a 0.61 per cent rise from in the same quarter. In 2009 the sale in litres were 13, 4485 while this year till July it was 13, 5308 litres.
"Overall sales of liquor has gone up in the last two years and the sale in litres projects an upward trend in consumption," said Nimbalkar.The rise in total consumption of country liquor in 2008–09 was 2.26 per cent, foreign liquor registered a 4.62 per cent, Beer registered 6.69 per cent and wine registered a 4.95 per cent, said Nimbalkar.