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Price of packeted lunch goes up in Colombo

8 January 2018 09:49 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The prices of the packeted lunch sold within the Colombo City limits have shot up at least by 20 to 30 rupees from today following the increase of the lunch sheets and polythene bags from the beginning of the year.

When Daily Mirror carried out a study, it was revealed that the packeted meals and the night stall foods had been increased between Rs. 20 to 30.

When contacted, the sellers in the Colombo area said that the consumers had faced inconvenience due to the sudden price hike had impacted negatively their businesses.

However, they said they were left with no options instead of collecting the increased amount from consumers to recover the loss created by the price increase of polythene.

Meanwhile, the prices of all the meals other than the short eats had been increased in order to adjust the price increase of the polythene bags.

It was also learnt that some sellers declined to provide polythene bags as they were unable to bear the increased polythene prices.

Meanwhile, Speaking to Daily Mirror, Canteen Owners' Association Chairman Asela Sampath said around six million lunch sheets were being used per day within the Colombo to packet the meals..

He said due to the increase in the price of polythene, an additionall cost over Rs. 9.50 had to be spent to a packet of meals by the sellers.

Central Environment Authority Director of Waste Management Ajith Weerasundara commenting on the price increase said special raids had been initiated within the city limits from last Wednesday to nab the sellers using non-biodegradable polythene and lunch sheets.

However, he said during the raids the officers had observed that most of the sellers had complied with the use of the biodegradable polythene and lunch sheets as requested by the authority. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 12

  • shifan Tuesday, 09 January 2018 08:42 AM

    Why increase price up to Rs. 20 - 30 while there's an additional cost of Rs. 9.50 for a lunch packet due to the usage of biodegradable polythene?

    Dp Tuesday, 09 January 2018 02:35 PM

    The market selling price for biodegradable lunch sheets are rs 550 for 100 sheet pack, 5.50 per sheet. What is this mentioned 9.50? And why increase by 20-30?

    hina Tuesday, 09 January 2018 08:47 AM

    Oh gosh, Does government increase taxes for one lunch sheet by Rs 20 or Rs 30...Even though we are saying that we are having open economy for over 30 years..Do yo believe it, we don't have a competition....this is a mafia...it happens in every industry(food, transportation, education..)...Privatization is not a solution,,we need competitive supply market..in on order to do that Island need to have good legal system..which will never happen

    suresh Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:10 AM

    if a lunchsheet has gone up by 9.50, why an increase of 20-30?

    Scooby Doo Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:28 AM

    A lunch sheet costs just 0.50 Rs, So why the price has been increased by 20-30 Rs? This is nonsense.

    Thepaanis mudalaali Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:31 AM

    Extra cost for packing is only 9.50,but lunch packet price incresing is more than 20 rupees.this is "gurilla marketing of black marketiers.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:32 AM

    The prices for food in canteens barely cover the costs. Hardly a canteen owner has a good income. Not only the lunch sheets but many other things have become more expensive as coconuts, telephone rentals and other. In order to bring this all together and to make a reasonable profit, the prices in the canteens would have to be increased by well over Rs. 30 for a meal.

    stardust Tuesday, 09 January 2018 12:34 PM

    Its always the same Petrol goes up by 5 Rpliter but bus fares go up by 20. The biodegradable lunchsheets cost may be 1 Rp more but they increase the packet by 2030 Rp. All the mudalalis are bloodsuckers and hardly pay the correct income tax. via DM Android App

    Rasheed Tuesday, 09 January 2018 02:29 PM

    That means that each lunch sheet has gone up by Rs.20/-,.

    Siri de Alwis Tuesday, 09 January 2018 05:45 PM

    Why not use Banana Leaves? Siri

    Tinkiriya Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:47 PM

    Why are people complaining? If its too pricey, then pack your own lunch. Use social media and even boycott these errant traders and send their business belly up.

    Perera Wednesday, 10 January 2018 08:56 AM

    Fully agree with Tinkiriya. Wake up a little early or prepare your own food the previous day. Boycott all these black marketing mudalalis. The government also should have a close look at having price controls on especially food products.


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