The TASMAC outlet at E Pudhur in Trichy aimed to provide a hassle-free drinking experience for its patrons.

This Tamil Nadu liquor shop built a bridge across a river to help drunk men evade cops
news Liquor Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 14:16

Tamil Nadu currently leads the race in the innovative ways it has engineered to ensure its tipplers are happy. After mazes, the latest method to ensure a hassle-free drinking experience is a bridge constructed by a newly-opened TASMAC at E Pudhur in Trichy. 

This makeshift construction across a river, according to Times Of India, is to ‘save’ tipplers from a police checkpost on the main road leading to the shop. Inebriated customers on two wheelers are reportedly being pulled up by police at the checkpost on the way to E Pudhur and Trichy city. The bridge over the Koraiayaru river lets them bypass the usual route. 

Tipplers in the area reportedly faced difficulties after the state-run liquor stores in Kirapatti and E Pudur were closed down following the Supreme Court's orders on April 1. The apex court directed the shutdown of bars and liquor shops if their gates are located within 500 metres of state and national highways.

People from these areas then had to travel up to 14 km to access liquor and risked getting caught by police. 

What had made things difficult for tipplers was that both the Tasmac outlets at Kirapatti and E Pudur were shut for being close to the Madurai road, a highway. When TNM contacted PWD officials, they claimed that the bridge was constructed without the knowledge of the department. But this way out for tipplers is short-lived. "We are not sure exactly why they built it but our men are already at the site, dismantling the makeshift bridge," says Gopi, an assistant engineer. 

Earlier a liquor shop at Malumichampati in Coimbatore attempted to set up a temporary maze-like structure to subvert the Supreme Court order against liquor stores near highways. But residents who were against the reopening of the TASMAC outlet, found a way to stop tipplers from even accessing the shop with some creative digging of their own. They dug a trench at the entrance to the shop to prevent tipplers from accessing the outlet. 

Read: After TASMAC copies Kerala bar's ingenious maze, locals respond with trench warfare


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