“After the closure the excise department will take back unsold pile and money will be refunded. Similarly bars will be given back license fee for the remaining period,” he said.
Last week the highest liquor-consuming state (per capita consumption is 8.3 litres — 3% above the national average) announced drastic measures to make Kerala liquor-free in a decade.
Besides closing down all bars, every year 10% of liquor-selling government outlets would be closed down and all Sundays would be made dry. Now only five-star hotels in the state would be allowed to serve liquor.
The state government has also decided to revamp the excise department to check the possible flow of hooch and smuggling of liquor from neighbouring states.