Locals, tourists complain food sold at exorbitant rates in Gulmarg restaurants

No written complaint received: SDM Gulmarg

Scores of tourists and locals visiting the famous ski resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district complain that the restaurant owners sell food items at exorbitant rates.

Scores of people from Gulmarg informed the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the restaurant and local dhabas are selling food items at exorbitant rates to locals as well as tourists.
“A normal water bottle which costs Rs 19 as per its printed MRP is being sold for Rs 30 while a chapatti costing 4 to 5 rupees is being sold at Rs 10,” a caller who identified himself as Nitish Yadav complained.
A half chicken which costs around 200 rupees is being sold at Rs 300 in the general area of Gulmarg town and its adjoining areas,” he added.
Scores of similar complaints kept pouring in. They have urged the authorities to take action against the restaurants involved in fleecing the visitors.
They also slammed the Gulmarg authorities for “turning a blind eye” towards it, saying it may impact the image of the famous tourist resort.
“No doubt the local businessmen are suffering due to the low flow of visitors during the off-season, but does it mean that they should exploit the visitors, especially the tourists,” said a local, adding, “The issue needs to be redressed at the earliest and authorities must ensure their rate lists are followed upon.”
Meanwhile, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Gulmarg told KNO that they have not received a written complaint so far. “Once the office receives a complaint, we will surely act and action as per the law will be taken against such restaurants,” the SDM said—(KNO)

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