Is the liquor bot­tle fake? Soon, an app will help you find out

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New Delhi: Ver­i­fy­ing the au­then­tic­ity of your favourite liquor brand at a store or a bar will now just be a tap away. Soon, you will be able to check whether a liquor bot­tle is gen­uine or not just by us­ing your smart­phone. You will also be able to check the price and the availabili­ty of the brand of your choice at liquor vends.

The ex­cise depart­ment is work­ing on a new mo­bile app, which will have a host of fea­tures to help al­co­hol lovers get a lot of in­for­ma­tion. Though the ex­cise depart­ment cur­rently has a mo­bile app ‘mLiquorsSa­leCheck,’ which gives consumers the op­tion to check the gen­uine­ness of the liquor bot­tles, many peo­ple com­plain that it is nei­ther pop­u­lar nor ef­fec­tive.

The new app will have an up­dated scan­ner to help the consumers capture the 2D bar code on a bot­tle or the box and get all the in­for­ma­tion about the liquor bot­tle, in­clud­ing its brand, size and the date of man­u­fac­tur­ing or bot­tling among oth­ers from a cen­tral server. The ap­pli­ca­tion will tell the cus­tomer whether the liquor bought is com­ing through an ex­ciseap­proved sys­tem or not.

An of­fi­cial said that this will also en­sure that the ven­dor or the bar is not pass­ing on spu­ri­ous or smug­gled liquor to the con­sumer. The con­sumer will also be as­sured that he is get­ting the same brand of liquor served to him which he had asked for.

“Though one can use the ex­ist­ing app to check the au­then­tic­ity of liquor by ei­ther scan­ning the 2D bar code pasted on the bot­tle or the box, there have been sev­eral com­plaints that the in-built scan­ner does not work of­ten. The new app will re­dress the prob­lem,” said an of­fi­cial.

The app will also have an up­dated list of liquor vends run by the gov­ern­ment-owned cor­po­ra­tions and pri­vate play­ers to help consumers lo­cate one in the neigh­bour­hood. Var­i­ous bars, clubs and ho­tels that serve liquor can also be found via the new app.

“One can even ver­ify the price of his choice of brand on the app be­fore buy­ing to en­sure that the ven­dor is not over­charg­ing,” another of­fi­cial said.

The app will also have the op­tion to lodge a com­plaint against a vend, a club or a bar in case of over­charg­ing or de­fi­ciency of ser­vices. Of­fi­cials say that the beta ver­sion of the app is cur­rently in the test­ing stage, and it may go live in a month’s time.

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De­tails like the brand of the liquor bot­tle and the date of man­u­fac­tur­ing or bot­tling will be avail­able on scan­ning the bar code

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