As gas goes scarce, residents turn to firewood, coal

* Traders increase prices of alternative fuels citing soaring transportation cost
As gas goes scarce, residents turn to firewood, coal
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ISLAMABAD: The demand for firewood has increased sharply due to gas load shedding in various localities of the twin cities.
A firewood merchant in Sector G7 said that the sale of firewood and coal had increased significantly during the last few days. 
He said that most of the hotels had also started using firewood and coal for cooking due to low gas pressure.
He said that coal was being sold at Rs 50 per kilogramme, while dry wood was being sold at Rs 700 per 40 kilogrammes.
Customers at a dry wood stall claimed that the traders had increased the prices of firewood and coal due to the high demand of the alternative fuels.
They also claimed that the price of firewood was different in various localities, and added that it was available at Rs 700 to Rs 900 per 40kg. 
On the other hand, an owner of a firewood stall claimed that the hike in the price of firewood was because of the soaring transportation cost.
Meanwhile, a hotel owner at Aabpara said that most of the hotels in the twin cities had started cooking food on firewood due to low gas pressure. He said that most of the bakers had also started using firewood and coal for baking flatbreads.
The residents of Sector G7/3 claimed that due to low gas pressure in the morning, they were left with no choice but to use firewood for cooking breakfast and making tea.
The residents urged the authorities concerned to at least take action against the sudden increase in the prices of firewood and coal.

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