Kerala: Only 18,000 register on BevQ liquor app as technical sang disappoints tipplers

Kerala: Only 18,000 register on BevQ liquor app as technical sang disappoints tipplers

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Kerala waited long for BevQ, a mobile application which solves the problem of overcrowding and facilitates the purchase of liquor in the state.

Soon after its launch by Kerala Excise Minister TP Ramakrishnan on the afternoon of May 26, however, the app was not available in the Google Play Store for download till 9.40 pm. When it finally appeared around 11 pm, many could still not register due to technical snags.

Kochi-based start up company Faircode Technologies Ltd developed the mobile application designed to provide timeslots for liquor buyers in Kerala. This came after the state government asked for a mobile application to minimise the crowd in front of beverage corporation outlets in the state in the times of coronavirus.

Closed since lockdown was announced on March 23, liquor outlets and bars opened in Kerala today morning.

The snags, however, continue to hit the BevQ app with people trolling the company. “Stupid app. Doesn’t even complete registration. It’s showing OTP sent. First impression is highly disappointing and waste of time. Finally i got OTP and booked my slot. To my dismay, i was allotted an outlet that’s 50 kilometre away from my current location,” wrote RS Kiran, a resident of Kerala. He posted the comment in the Facebook page of the company.

Like him, thousands who could not register or download the app voiced their disappointment.

Faircode Technologies spokesman, meanwhile, said the technical team was working to remove technical snags and added that majority of problems have already been sorted.

The company claimed that a million people can register their names in the BevQ application. The company added that 18,200 persons registered in BevQ in the first three hours.