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An increased demand for accommodation, meals and other items in the Kataragama area following an unexpected influx of devotees during the long holidays has created a scarcity of these needs, with unscrupulous businessmen exploiting the situation charging arbitrary prices.

Most devotees complained that the expenses were unbearable having to pay about Rs.3,000 for accommodation at a makeshift cadjan thatched place with just a single bulb. Hotel rooms that generally cost Rs. 4,000 had shot up to Rs12, 000. Most houses and verandas of small shops were filled with pilgrims, they said.

Hoppers are sold at Rs.40 and Plain tea at Rs 50 in many eateries and hotels while rice with dried fish were sold at Rs.250 in many places.

They also said they had to pay Rs 180 for curd containers filled with about one inch of milk.

Some racketeers had even reserved rooms in advance for 4,000 and rented them out at higher rates making two to three-fold profits.

Meanwhile many devotees seemed to have arrived in their new vehicles to Kataragama in order to offer the poojas dedicated to God Kataragama.

Pilgrims also said there were brokers to reserve places in the queue for the pooja at the Devalaya to those who could afford to pay Rs.1, 000. (Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk)


 
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  • Arnolis Sunday, 27 December 2015 09:05 AM

    This is called supply and demand. When demand goes up the price goes up. For exams we are enjoying low oil prices because there is more supply than demand, so price goes down.

    sunny Sunday, 27 December 2015 01:30 PM

    once in a while its an opportunity for low income earners. via DM Android App

    Wonder kolla Saturday, 26 December 2015 02:35 PM

    I guess anyone who can afford a new car now can surely pay these.

    Bippity Boppity Boo Saturday, 26 December 2015 02:50 PM

    Delusion at a cost. Nice!

    Coconut Republic Saturday, 26 December 2015 03:06 PM

    In the name of GOD !

    Sensible Saturday, 26 December 2015 03:39 PM

    Fake gods must be very costly via DM iOS App

    ANTON Saturday, 26 December 2015 03:35 PM

    HAROOO HARAAA ...........

    Dee Saturday, 26 December 2015 05:35 PM

    If all go at once dont blame costs.

    Hora Saturday, 26 December 2015 06:35 PM

    Aro Hara ado hora

    Sylvia Haik Saturday, 26 December 2015 07:27 PM

    This is pure racketeering and should be stopped by all means.

    Karu Saturday, 26 December 2015 08:39 PM

    God blesses the locals more than the devotees. Arohara

    Lanka Sunday, 27 December 2015 02:56 AM

    OMG!!!!!!!!!

    Cobra Sunday, 27 December 2015 05:55 AM

    Another golden goose bites the dust because of thanhawa and come next long holiday Kataragama will be a ghost town!!!


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