In the state of Telangana ,more than half the liquor shops are on highways and liquor earns a very high revenue for the government. As per the data, there are 2,144 wine shops, 800 bars and 27 clubs that serve liquor in the State. The new bar licenses were issued as recent as in October this year and ongoing wine shop licenses are to expire only in 2017 end. States like Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have been following their own excise policies under which licences were being issued to liquor shops along the highways.
“No doubt there will be a huge impact on revenue. We have to study the judgement and understand the extent of restrictions. We had done a survey of all the shops on highways earlier and even issued notices then. We will follow up as per the order,” said RV Chandravadan, commissioner, Prohibition and Excise.