The Telangana government has decided to extend the working hours of bars in Greater Hyderabad. The government has issued fresh orders allowing the bars to operate until 12 midnight. In addition, the bars were allowed to open until 1 AM on weekends. Star hotels and airport hotels were allowed to sell liquor for 24 hours for a 25 percent surcharge on the license fee.
It is known that the government treasury in Telangana is generating huge revenue through liquor sales. Liquor worth Rs 2,500 crore or so is being sold in the state every month. Liquor sales stood at Rs 2,814 crore in March, Rs 307 crore more than the previous month. Liquor sales were at record highs in March after December last year, officials said.
With the recent decision of the government to extend the working hours of bars in Hyderabad, it can be said that the revenue to the exchequer through liquor sales will further increase. There is also a debate as to whether this decision will be limited to Hyderabad or whether it will be extended to all bar shops across Telangana in the future.