Source: News Bharati English08 Feb 2017 14:35:39

New Delhi, February 8: What else can be evident to prove betterment in relationship between India and Nepal that the neighbouring nation has decided to close all liquer shops bordering to India, especially shops on its border with pollbound Uttarakhand.

In the wake of elections in India, Nepal has step forward by ordering the closure of all liquor stores in Polls bordering. Nepal has decided for the first time to close liquor shops along its border with Uttarakhand 48 hours before the polling.Champawat district administration held a meeting with Nepalese authorities in this connection recently. The state has a 275 km long border with the neighboring country Nepal. Pithoragarh and Champawat districts have their eastern border with Nepal along river Kali. The border areas with Nepal are highly sensitive from a security point of view.

In view of this, the security of the borders has been further strengthened.  But it’s noteworthy that it is happening for the first time that both countries have decided to seal off their borders and closed liquors shops 24 hours before polling in Uttarakhand.

Earlier, Nepal shuts down liquor shops in border with India after ban in Bihar. A ban on the sales of alcohol by India’s Bihar state has resulted in flourishing liquor business in bordering Nepali towns. Indian customers even started staying the night in Nepal to skip the police action from Nepali side.

After ban in Bihar, hundreds of new liquor shops were opened in Nepal targeting Indian customers. Some of the shops were even owned by Indians even due to high profit value due to sudden rise of booze lovers from Bihar.