Thiruvananthapuram : The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced that 500 Tasmac shops will be closed from Sunday across the State. Before the state assembly elections that were held last month, Jayalalithaa had promised to impose ban on liquor in a phased manner in Tamil Nadu. The permanent closure of liquor shops will result in a loss of Rs 5-6 crore a day.
Following the order, the Tasmac managing director has identified the shops to be closed based on the recommendations of the district collectors and Tasmac senior regional managers and district managers.
The maximum number of shops to be closed will be in Sivaganga district (43), followed by Ramnad (36), Tiruvallur (36), The Nilgiris (31), Tuticorin (30). In Salem district, not even a single liquor shop has been closed for now. In 2003, the AIADMK government had taken control of liquor retail to give the government a monopoly in the industry, bringing in a revenue of nearly Rs 27,000 crore a year to the state government.