ISLAMABAD: The firewood and coal demand has increased due to gas load-shedding in various sectors and other localities in Islamabad.
Mushtaq Ahmed, a resident of F-8 sector said that the sale of firewood and coal had increased for last few days as temperature had decreased.
He said that most of the hotels also started using firewood and coal for cooking due to low gas pressure. Coal being sold at Rs50 per kilogram, he added.
A hotel owner at Civic Center (Melody) claimed that his expenses had registered a significant increase due to use of firewood, adding that per 40kg firewood was available at Rs1000 to Rs1100, which forced him to increase the prices of dishes.
The shoppers claimed that the prices of coal and firewood were different in various localities, adding that it was available at Rs 1100 to Rs 1200 per 40 kilogram in some areas.
“The jump in prices of firewood was because of huge transportation cost”, the owner of a firewood stall, in I-9 sector claimed.
Muhammad Shah, another wood stall holder at I-8 sector claimed that the prices of firewood and coal had been increased by the firewood traders on their own.