Tipplers rush to buy liquor as Kerala introduces virtual queue through mobile APP

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Ahead of the reopening of liquor shops in Kerala on Thursday, over two lakh people downloaded and registered in BevQ, an Andriod application within hours after it went live on Google play store.

 

BevQ is an app for the virtual queue system, which was introduced by the state government to control the crowds in front of the liquor shops in Kerala amid the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

The app has been developed by a Kochi-based startup Faircode Technologies Private Limited to avoid serpentine queues outside liquor outlets.

According to Kerala-based Faircode technologies, about 1,82,000 users registered in the initial two hours from 10 PM to 12 midnight on Wednesday.

As per the report, approximately 50,000 users registered between 2 AM to 6:30 AM on Thursday. The token booking for May 28 was extended up to 9 AM on Thursday. 

"The App is live on google play store, it will take some time till the App is indexed by Google and available via search. The users can try to search using the application using 'pub: Kerala State Beverages Corporation' in the play store," said Naveen George, Chief Financial Officer, Faircode technologies.

The application can be registered with name and pin code, as it sends an OTP for verification purposes. After that, a customer has to make the choice of wine or liquor. The App gives the detail of the shop along with the time slot allotted and a QR code.

A customer has to go to the allotted liquor shop and produce the e-token which will be scanned in the liquor outlets prior to the selling of liquor. Bars are also allowed to sell the liquor as a parcel through the counters following the same system.

As alcohol sales resume in Kerala, the app will let users book a 15-minute time slot online so that buying liquor gets easy while maintaining social distancing.

 Users will be able to book a time slot and only 5 people can stand in a queue with only 50 people allowed to visit the liquor shop per hour. 

Liquor will be sold in Kerala from 9 am onwards via bars, beer parlours, BEVCO and Consumerfed outlets.

Also, an SMS facility to the book has been introduced for those who are not using smartphones. The booking can be done from 6 AM to 10 PM and liquor sales are allowed from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Meanwhile, police have made it clear that cases will be slapped against those who enter liquor shops without the mandatory App generated token

 

With inputs from ANI

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