- 20 May 2021
There were news of rush and unwarranted over-crowding at liquor shops all over the country, after restrictions from opening of liquor shops were taken off. Guess what? The Delhi government has found a new way to keep over-crowding from liquor shops at bay. On Thursday, 7th May,2020, the Delhi Government launched e-Token system for buying liquor in Delhi.
The decision has been taken in order to maintain social distancing amid the COVID-19 epidemic, which is strangulating Delhi with its might. When the liquor shops were opened after 40 days of lockdown, huge crowd thronged to the shops, with queues even extending 2-3 km long. Only 50 shops out of allowed 200 shops were opened due to huge crowd. Even 70 % special corona cess was unable to stop the overwhelming crowd in Delhi. Some states such as Punjab and Chhattisgarh have started to deliver liquor at home.
The Delhi government launched a web portal, https://www.qtoken.in/ to provide e-token for buying liquor. Any person can get the e-token from the portal entering the particulars required. With the e-token they can go to any nearby liquor shop and get the booze.
However, the web portal has been showing continuous server error (500) for most of the users and they are unable to get e-token. The Delhi government blamed “heavy rush” for the server error via a statement and added that it will be working soon. Despite the official statement, the e-token portal was still showing server error on Friday, 8th May afternoon. Huge crowds were spotted at various shops across the UT of Delhi.
The e-token, intended to reduce crowd and facilitate social distancing is failing due to server error. May be the heavy rush of booze thirsty people is causing the error, but it is need to get some solution to stop overcrowding at liquor shops, else it might worsen the situation to uncontrollable extent. There are reports from experts that COVID-19 will be at its peak in June and July. So it is necessary to maintain social distancing, as it is the best way to curb the spread of disease.