Ambalavayal: Sale of liquor in Wayanad is no longer a ‘small’ affair. With the six Beverages Corporation outlets in the district selling Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) worth Rs 239.04 crore during the April-December period last year, Wayanad has proved that it has, in fact, a ‘large’ appetite.
In addition to this is the sale of toddy and liquor from other states.
The previous UDF government had closed down some Beverages outlets as part of its decision to scale down the number of liquor shops by 10 per cent. The six existing outlets are at Bathery, Pulpally, Ambalavayal, Panamaram, Mananthavady and Vythiri. The one at Vythiri now functions at Kalpetta.
December, which covers the festive season and new year celebrations, saw sales of IMFL worth Rs 31.54 crore in Wayanad. Vythiri (Kalpetta) shop topped the list with sales amounting to Rs 7.16 crore. Bathery followed with Rs 6.68 crore and Mananthavady was placed third, recording sales worth Rs 6.49 crore.
‘No: 1’ in district
From April 1 to December 31, 2017 IMFL worth Rs 66.71 crore was sold at the Mananthavady outlet of Beverages Corporation, making it the ‘No: 1’ in the district. Bathery was close behind with sales of Rs 65.50 crore. Vythiri and Ambalavayal recorded sales of over Rs 31 crore. Pulpally shop sold liquor costing over Rs 29 crore, while Panamaram was in poor ‘spirits’, coming last with sales at Rs 14.37 crore.