CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Marketing Corporation (Tasmac) has put more than 286 shops in the state under surveillance after it received complaints of public nuisance such as drunken brawls, unruly behaviour, encroachment of pavements and traffic snarls. Among these shops, 67 are in Chennai and surrounding districts.
With several Tasmac bars remaining closed in the city and surrounding districts, tipplers encroach the pavements, service roads and streets to consume liquor in the open. This has become a cause for concern.
Tasmac officials have sought information about their location on Google Maps, whether the fall under school or temple zones and the distance from the nearest shop. The sales figures of the shops, whether the shop has a bar attached, the nearby liquor vending shops and distance between them have also been sought, according to sources in Tasmac.
Kancheepuram North district, which covers up to Tambaram, tops the list with 22 shops. In Chennai, officials have identified two shops in Chennai Central, three shops in Chennai North and seven shops in Chennai South.

While the survey has led to the speculation that more liquor vending shops may be closed, Tasmac management maintained that it has only sought details of the shops for administrative reasons.

In June, the state government announced the closure of 500 liquor retail outlets, bringing down the count from 5,329 to 4,829.

(the above news was originally posted on Times of India)