The Andhra Pradesh state government has reversed its earlier decision not to allow new bars in the state. It has, however, restricted the number of new bars linking the allotments to population, existing bars and excess liquor outlets, if any, in the area. The government issued guidelines in this regard according to which the new licensees will be picked by a draw of lots if the number of applicants is more than the permitted number of bars.
The government had issued an order on June 11 stating that there were 1,448 bars in the state. It had asked the excise commissioner to sanction licence for bars only in places where the existing owners did not renew their licence.
The government said one bar will be allowed for every 30,000 people in urban areas with population up to three lakh, one for every 20,000 if the population is between three to seven lakh and in case of bigger cities with more than seven lakh population one bar will be allowed for every 12,000.