Kolkata Sees 25% Surge in Liquor Sales Ahead of Polling In Neighbouring Districts; Check Dry Days Dates

Ahead of election on May 20 in neigbhouring cities of Kolkata, the city is also set to have a dry weekend. In view of which, many on Friday rushed to the bars and restaurants. This led to a chock-a-bloc situation in restaurants and bars across the city. As per the HRAEI officials, the liquor sale increased by 25 per cent.
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Kolkata Sees 25 Surge in Liquor Sales Ahead of Polling In Neighbouring Districts; Check Dry Days Dates (Representative Image)

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Kolkata: Seven of total 42 constituencies in West Bengal are scheduled to undergo Lok Sabha polls 2024 on Monday, May 20. Owing to which, the city is set to have a dry weekend. On Friday evening, the effect of the upcoming dry weekend was seen in bars and restaurants across the city, where the footfall increased exponentially. Most of the restobars on Park Street remained full, while central and south Kolkata restaurants also witnessed a chock-a-block situation through the evening.
The Hotel and Restaurants’ Association of Eastern India (HRAEI) reported that the liquor sale was shot up by an average of 25 per cent. According to off-shops, it was not just the bars who witnessed a higher footfall but the demand sharply shot up on app-delivery services too, reported Times of India. It is worth noting that restaurants would serve liquor till 5 pm on Saturday when the dry period begins.
HRAEI’s president Sudesh Poddar, who runs Songhai, Manthan and MS Bar & Lounge in central Kolkata said without liquor, the food orders will drop by 30-40 per cent. He informed that his lounge witnessed a full occupancy on Saturday, as the guests were keen to have a final swing before the dry period.
“A good number of tables were booked in advance on Friday. This came after we sent WhatsApp messages to our patrons to remind them about the dry period. Liquor sales soared by 25 per cent Since most guests were keen to have a final swing before the dry period,” he said, adding that 50 per cent of revenue of an average bar comes from the sale of liquor.
Meanwhile, restaurants in Park Streets saw a huge crowd, and big advance bookings after 7 pm on Friday. “Some tables were booked in advance and then the crowd swelled as the evening progressed,” said owner Pratap Daryanani of Oasis in Park Street.

Dry Weekend Period

In view of the General Elections, there will be dry days on May 18 (from 6 pm), and on the entire May 19. On May 20, the day of casting votes, there will be a complete ban on selling and buying alcohol till the polling ends.
This comes after the Election Commission (EC) directed that adjacent constituencies apart from the one where the election is being held would also follow the dry dry rules.
On May 20, Howrah, Howrah, Uluberia, Bangaon (SC), Barrackpore, Hooghly, Arambag and Sreerampur are set to go polls under the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha voting.
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