Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh, which shares a border with Bihar, has witnessed a record growth in the sale of liquor following prohibition of alcohol in Bihar.
"Due to ban on liquor in Bihar, sales of English liquor has increased by 112 per cent while beer sale has risen by 36 per cent in April," District Excise officer Bhavan Singh said.
The Bharauli region of the district, which lies on the Bihar border, has witnessed a steep rise in sale of English liquor by 312 per cent, 25 per cent rise in beer and 4 per cent rise in country liquor, Singh explained.
The state government has also increased the revenue target for the district this fiscal year from Rs 127 crore to Rs 140 crore approximately.
-With inputs from PTI