ISLAMABAD: The firewood business has surged in the federal capital due to low gas pressure.
A firewood stall owner at G7 said that the sale of firewood and coal has increased during the last few weeks due to low gas pressure in various localities.
He said that most of the hotels had also started using firewood and coal for cooking.
A hotel owner at Karachi Company claimed that his expenses had registered a significant increase due to use of firewood, adding that per 40kg firewood was available at Rs 600 to Rs 900, which forced him to increase the prices of dishes.
A shopper at a wood stall claimed that the prices of firewood and coal had been increased by the firewood traders on their own.
He also claimed that the prices of firewood differ in various localities. People complained about the abrupt increase in the prices of firewood and coal. An owner of a firewood stall claimed that the jump in prices of firewood was because of huge transportation cost and rise in the demand.
A hotel owner at Aabpara Market claimed that most of the hotels cook food on firewood due to low gas pressure. He said that most of the naanbais had also started using firewood and coal for cooking ‘naan’ and chapatti.
The residents of G7/3 claimed that due to low gas pressure in the morning, they use firewood for cooking breakfast.
The residents urged the authorities concerned to take action against the sudden increase in the prices of firewood and coal. Moreover, it was observed that members of low-income groups had been gathering dry wood from various localities to meet their daily requirements.
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