Hike in prices of vegetables hits owners of mess in Pune
Rakesh Iyer, owner of Bhavya Restaurant in Model Colony, said “Even though we are incurring a loss, we cannot increase our menu price. We do not have any option but bear the loss.”
PUNE: The extended rain lashing the city has severely hit several local businesses including mess owners.
A hike in the prices of green vegetables, onion, tomato and pulses are hit several mess owners hard with the profit margin coming down by a whopping 40 per cent.
Anil Ghorpade, who runs a mess at Gokhale Nagar, said, “The hike in vegetable prices has hit our business. The price of onions, which are required to cook any meal, has soared and therefore, I am incurring loss in my business for the past one month. But we cannot charge more to people who come to our mess as we may lose our valuable customers,” said Ghorpade.
The soaring price of vegetables has also hit several restaurant owners in the city. Rakesh Iyer, owner of Bhavya Restaurant in Model Colony, said “Even though we are incurring a loss, we cannot increase our menu price. We do not have any option but bear the loss.”
Several students in the city are also indirectly hit due to the price rise. Pratiksha Bhosale, a student, said “Earlier, restaurants and mess used to offer free salad with onions and tomatoes. But with the price hike, many have stopped giving for free. A restaurant charged us Rs 25 for a plate of salad.”
President of Pune Restaurant and Hotel Association, Ganesh Shetty, said, “Due to heavy rain in the city, the price of several vegetables has gone up. We can’t increase the price of food items immediately, otherwise, we will lose our customers. If the price rise continues for more than 15 days, we will have to increase our prices.”