As Kerala reopened its liquor shops on Thursday, after over two months, the state government has permitted the purchase of alcohol via token system only. A special app called 'BevQ' was launched in the state for the purpose by Kerala State Beverages Corporation (BEVCO) which has been developed by Kochi-based startup called Faircode Technologies Private Limited.
Interesting, within hours of the app going live on Google Play Store, over two lakh people downloaded and registered on the Android app.
What is BevQ?
BevQ app is a virtual queue system wherein customers can receive a 15-minute time slot for their purchase at the nearest specified store.
On average, liquor shops in Kerala can serve around 400 customers on a day and sell a maximum quantity of three litres for a token.
Downloading the app
Some technical glitches have been observed and many are not able to find the app on searching "BevQ" over Play Store. Some have been able to download the app from this link to the app on Play Store.
How to book a slot or get a token on BevQ app?
- After you have successfully downloaded the BevQ app, you will have to register on the app with your name, phone number and pin code. An OTP will be sent to your phone number for verification purposes.
- You can choose between wine or liquor.
- The app then gives the detail of the shop along with the time slot allotted and a QR code.
- The customer has to go to the allotted liquor shop and produce the e-token which will be scanned at the liquor outlet prior to the selling of liquor. Bars are also allowed to sell the liquor through the counters as parcels following the same system.
For those who do not own smartphones, Kerala has an SMS facility.
Rules to be followed in Kerala
- Booking for the slot can be done from 6 am to 10 pm.
- Liquor shops are open for sale from 9 am to 5 pm.
- Shops will remain closed in containment zones.
- Only five people will be allowed in front of the counter at a time and only 50 people will be served from one counter in an hour.