patna: Fuel Price Hike Hits Household Expenses | Patna News


PATNA: The surging fuel prices have multiplier effect on the household expenses. While people have curtailed expenses on a few food items, restaurants have increased their rates.
The petrol prices in Patna are hovering in the range of Rs105 to Rs117 per litre and diesel is costing around Rs102 per litre, adversely impacting even household kitchens. “I prefer cooking paneer at home only when children insist on going to restaurants. Cooking at home is still cheaper. Besides, I cook noodles instead of chicken or mushroom at weekends,” said Heera Devi, a homemaker at Raja Bazar.
Restaurant and hotel owners are also feeling the pinch of price rise. “Our revenue has dipped as we invest twice in LPG cylinders, oil and transportation. Earlier, the 19kg of LPG cylinder was charged Rs1400, which now costs Rs2,500. Similarly, I used to buy a cartoon of refined oil at Rs1,200. Now it costs Rs2,000. Petrol and diesel are already increasing the cost component. We had 40 workers in the pre-Covid times, but it has been brought down to 30 to manage the expenses owing to price rise,” said Dilip Kumar, owner of a restaurant at SK Puri.
He added: “I can neither increase the price nor decrease the quality of food because it will affect the footfall of customers.”
Students too are affected by the rise in prices as they claim that prices of food items even in college canteens have been increased. “The price of one samosa has been increased to Rs 10. Even mineral water of 500ml costs Rs10. I rarely visit restaurants and cafes nowadays because my whole pocket money ends in fulfilling my basic and unavoidable needs,” said Neha Bharti, an undergraduate student at Patna Women’s College. She added: “I prefer bus than autorickshaw while going to college because the fare is comparatively less. Earlier I used to pay Rs7 for autorickshaw, which now costs Rs12.”
Office-goers also claimed to be a harried lot owing to surging fuel prices. Vivek Kumar, a state government employee at Patna, said: “I spend Rs3,000 per month on fuel only to reach my office which is quite expensive. We should promote mass transport, including buses and metro rail. It will also help in curbing air pollution.”
Electric appliances such as airconditioners, refrigerators and washing machines are also no less than a luxury now. Anand Kumar, owner of an electronic device shop at Boring Canal road said: “Price of copper, aluminium, iron, fibre and other raw materials is increasing, due to which the starting prices of AC has increased from Rs26,000 to Rs30,000 or even more.”





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