- BevQ, an app provided by Kerala State Beverages Corporation, has crossed 1 Lakh downloads just hours after it was released on Google Play Store.
- The app has been developed by a Kochi-based startup called Faircode Technologies Private Limited.
- The BevQ app is available for Android users, it is not clear whether the iOS users will get the app or not.
BevQ, an app provided by Kerala State Beverages Corporation, has crossed 1 Lakh downloads just hours after it was released on Google Play Store. The app, as claimed by the company, helps in managing the queues virtually and will be primarily used in managing the overcrowding at the liquor stores in Kerala. The app has been developed by a Kochi-based startup called Faircode Technologies Private Limited.
"BevQ is a virtual queue application and token generator service provided by Kerala state beverages corporation ltd. In order to maintain the social distancing especially in this COVID scenario this app will be usable and the client can book a queue number and token for assuring his place in the queue in the specified time slot," the description of BevQ reads on Google Play store.
Over-crowding at liquor stores has been a major issue ever since the government allowed the sale of liquor. People completely overlooked the social distancing guidelines as they thronged the liquor shops after 40 days. Shops in Delhi had to be closed because of the unruly behavior showcased by the public. However, Kerala plans to manage the issue differently by using an app. The BevQ app is available for Android users, it is not clear whether the iOS users will get the app or not.
So here's how you use the app to buy liquor in Kerala
—In order to use the, the customer will have to first download it from Play Store. Post which, they will have to enter their name, mobile number, and pin code.
—Once the details are filled, customers can place the order through the app.
—The customers will then receive an e-token and a QR code on their mobile phone.
—They can take the e-token to the store which will be scanned by the liquor store, post which the alcohol will be given to the customer.
A report in Manorama Online revealed that a user can only buy alcohol once in four days in Kerala using the app. The buyers, who do not have the BevQ app, will not be able to buy alcohol in the state.
However, soon after the app gained popularity, many users questioned the quality of the app on Twitter. They complained that despite repeated attempts they did not receive the OTP from the company. Another user wrote that the app doesn't have an option to choose a time slot.