Amaravati goes Rs 35cr high for New Year
- Highest ever spending in recent years
- AP nets Rs 162 crores from boozers
Vijayawada: The ‘world class’ new capital of Andhra Pradesh Amaravati had witnessed its people spending over Rs 35 crores on one day on liquor. This was the highest ever spending by the people for New Year in the recent past.
Amaravati, spread over parts of Krishna and Guntur, had spent this huge amount on liquor with people celebrating the New Year on Saturday night and Sunday. While Guntur district had received the highest revenue of Rs 17.50 crores for the New Year celebrations, the Krishna district received Rs 17.47 crores from the boozers. The YSR Kadapa district stood at the lowest in the State with Rs 6.67-crore spending.
While the State had witnessed whopping revenue of Rs 151.40 crores for the 2015 New Year, this year, the revenue went up to Rs 162.52 crores, recording an increase of Rs 11.12 crores.
The State had experienced record sale of liquor on the first day of the New Year receiving Rs 80.79 crores, while it had seen the liquor sales netting Rs 81.79 crores on the last day of 2016. This is over 8 times more than the normal revenue that the State gets from the liquor sales every day. The average daily sale of liquor is around Rs 10 crores on ordinary days, leaving weekend and festivals. On the weekend and festivals, the revenue is around Rs 30 crores to Rs 40 crores a day in the State.
After the capital districts, East Godavari district topped netting revenue of Rs 16.11 crores followed by Visakhapatnam and Nellore districts with Rs 15.39 crores and Rs 15.23 crores. West Godavari and Chittoor districts stood in the third place with revenue of Rs 13.52 crores and Rs 13.07 crores for the New Year. The Kurnool district received revenue of Rs 10.62 crores closely followed by the backward districts of Vizianagaram with Rs 9.99 crores, Prakasam with Rs 9.93 crores and Srikakulam with Rs 9.78 crores.
Ananthapur district which had suffered due to severe drought this year for the kharif season, despite the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu camping there with rain guns to save the standing crops, had seen the liquor sale for the New Year at Rs 7.24 crores.
The demonetization had no effect on the liquor sales as a majority of wine shops and bars have gone digital. The liquor is easily available on digital transactions making it easy for the boozers to have their drink. This had helped in the whopping sale of liquor on just one day, the New Year day.