Milk shortage hits tea vendors, eateries

Neha Basudkar
Friday, 20 July 2018

Owners of roadside tea stalls are badly suffering from shortage of milk supply

Pune: For a few hours on Wednesday night, the famous eatery near Fergusson College (FC) Road, Good Luck Cafe stopped serving hot coffee, cold coffee and Bournvita to its customers due to shortage of milk. 

The other eateries on FC Road claim they are not suffering shortage of milk and the food items made from milk are regularly served to customers, but owners of roadside tea stalls are badly hit by shortage of milk. 

Nasir Hussein, Manager of Good Luck Cafe, said, "On Wednesday from 9.30 pm to 10.30 pm we stopped serving hot coffee, cold coffee and Bournvita to our customers due to the shortage of milk.”

“On a daily basis we get 50 to 60 litres of milk, but Wednesday evening we were short of 20 litres of milk. Today everything has resumed properly and the supply of milk is also regular,” he added. 

The other eateries on FC Road including Wadeshwar, Roopali and Vaishali claimed that there was no shortage of milk and they had not stopped serving any food item. Prakash Navrat, Manager of Wadeshwar, said, "Every day we get more than 40 litres milk as regular supply and even today there is no shortage in supply." 

Similarly, KN Shetty, Manager of Roopali, said, "We are getting regular supply of milk so we have not stopped serving food items made from milk." 

But owners of roadside tea stalls are badly suffering from shortage of milk supply. Laxman Yadav, owner of a tea stall on Jangli Maharaj (JM) Road, said, "Daily we get 40 litres of milk of Chitale, but from last three days we are getting only 10 litres of milk, due to which we are suffering a lot." 

Ramesh Patel, a roadside tea stall owner on FC Road said, "We get 35 litres milk daily, but from last three days we are getting only five litres a day and today there was absolutely no supply. So now we are getting milk from farmers directly, but they are selling it at higher price. Usually the rate of purchase is Rs 54 per litre but from the last three days they are selling the milk for more than Rs 60 per litre. If tomorrow there is no regular milk supply then we will have to switch to making green tea, black tea and black coffee." 

Ramesh Gautam, another roadside tea stall owner on JM Road, said, "Our distributor has informed us that tomorrow there will be no milk supply. We are really worried about it now. If tomorrow we do not get milk supply then we will be making green tea, black tea and black coffee as there will be no option left. People mostly prefer tea and coffee, but switching over is better than shutting down the stall." 

Sachin Nivangune, President of Milk Distribution Association of Pune, said, "Today the shortage of milk was of six lakh litres in the city from the daily supply of 15 to 20 lakh litres. More importantly, there was no supply from Chitale at all in the city.”

“The 300 local brands of milk supplied less milk. However, Amul supplied more than the regular supply of milk. Their regular supply is two lakh litres daily while today they supplied up to three lakh litres. Some vendors of the city are selling the milk pouches at more than normal price, some at Rs 60 per litre. But our association is against this hike in price because there is no need to increase the price of milk pouches just because there is shortage of milk in the city," he further added.  

Girish Chitale, owner of Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale, said, "Today we had no supply of milk. Daily we have five lakh litres of supply of milk. But today there was no supply. The supply of milk will resume tomorrow onwards." 

Parkash Chaudhary, owner of Durga sweet shop situated near Sakhar Sankul, Shivajinagar, said, "We used to get 80 to 90 litres of milk daily, but from the last three days we are only getting 10 to 20 litres in milk pouches. Today there was no supply of milk pouches at all." 

Ganesh Shetty, President of Pune Restaurant and Hoteliers Association, said, "The members in the association have not faced any such problem due to shortage of milk.”

“Most of the restaurants and hoteliers in the city get Amul milk mostly and there is no shortage as such," he added.

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