Liquor sales have shown a nearly two-fold increase in Kashmir,where over 20 lakh bottles of liquor were purchased during the last fiscal upto the month of January.
“As many as 20,38,818 bottles of liquor were consumed in the Kashmir Valley in the last financial year upto January 2012,registering a nearly two-fold increase in consumption than 2009-10,” the Excise department data said.
Nearly 14.67 lakh liquor bottles were sold in 2010-11,while 1.04 crore bottles were sold in 2009-10,it said.
As many as 9,29,677 bottles of liquor were sold in 2008-09,they said,adding that the government earned Rs 19.39 crore and Rs 13.59 crore in 2009-10 and 2008-09.
The revenue generated from liquor sales is Rs 22.78 crore in 2011-12 upto January,2012 and Rs 28.23 crore in 2010-11.