ISLAMABAD: The business of hotels and restaurants has witnessed a sudden surge in the federal capital due to low gas pressure at homes.
People had no other choice but to wait in long queues at the restaurants and tandoors to get something to eat during breakfast and dinner timings.
Customers claimed that most of the food at hotels was of low quality, but they were compelled to have the same despite health hazards.
The substandard and unhygienic food is causing serious digestive problems among the hoteliers who had to feed themselves at these low-priced food outlets, said Dr Sannaullah, a local practitioner.
Meanwhile, a hotel owner at Sittara Market said that their sales had increased due to low gas pressure in the nearby localities. He said that most of the people take meal from their hotels, and that they were using firewood to cook food.
Noor Ali, a customer taking meal from a hotel at Karachi Company, said that hotel owners had also increased the prices of food on their own due to rise in the demand of cooked food. He said that he had to pay Rs 70 to Rs 80 just for a mixed vegetable plate. He said that it was not clear who had to fix the prices of hotel foods, adding that tea was being sold for Rs 20 per cup, which was very expensive.
Another customer, Qaiser Bhatti, said that they had no option but to take meal from the hotels, but they (hotel owners) were overcharging customers.
He said that the authorities concerned needed to check the prices on a daily basis to control the unjustified increase in the prices. A hotel owner at G7 claimed that their expenses had increased as they were using firewood to cook food. He said that firewood was available for Rs 600 to Rs 900 per 40kg, which had forced them to increase the prices.
There were a number of complaints by people regarding the reduced size and weight of roti (flatbread) in the twin cities.
They demanded that the authorities concerned should take notice of the overcharging and poor quality of food.
An official of the CDA’s Health Services Directorate said that two separate teams had been formed to keep a check on the sale of perishable and non-perishable food items at hotels, restaurants and shops located in the federal capital.
“The directorate has raided 2,500 shops to take samples, of which 1,300 were served notices and 500 issued challans during the last six months.”
He said that for the provision of quality food and edible items, stern monitoring was being carried out at hotels, shops, bakeries, meat shops, wholesale stores and cafeterias of schools, colleges and universities in the capital.
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