CM urged not to allow new MSIL outlets

Wine merchants' federation submits pre-budget

CM urged not to allow new MSIL outlets

The Federation of Wine Merchants’ Association has urged the state government to allow consumption of liquor at retail liquor shops (CL-2) and takeaways from bars (CL-9).

In a pre-budget memorandum submitted to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday, the association also called for introduction of 60 ml and 90 ml liquor sachets. These measures can fetch handsome revenues to the government, B Govindaraj Hegde of the association said.

The association has urged the government not to allow new Mysore Sales International Ltd (MSIL) liquor outlets. Liquor shops are incurring losses due to MSIL outlets. Instead, the government should take steps to renew old licences pending since 2000.

The government has been allowing opening of MSIL outlets as it has stopped issuing licences to new liquor shops. The then government, in 1993, banned issuing new licences to liquor shops. Successive governments in the state are shying away from issuing new licences fearing public backlash.

Lorry owners

This apart, the Bangalore City Lorry Transporting Agents’ Association has urged the chief minister to open new truck terminals along Old Madras Road and Hosur Road near Bengaluru.

The government has been able to open only one truck terminal near Dharwad despite the then government in 2007-08 taking a decision to open truck terminals in all districts, the association said.

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