The demand for charcoal has increased in the state during this winter due to the current cold wave sweeping across the state. As shortage of cooking gas is increasing due to the ongoing economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council, people are opting for charcoal heater not only for cooking but also to warm up people. Cooking gas is sold at exorbitant prices in the black market.
In this winter, temperature dipped down and a cold wave is sweeping across the state, sending people to buy charcoal for heating up homes. Use of charcoal heater is very common among the people in the state and also a part of Manipur’s tradition.
The price of charcoal has also been increased from the normal price due to the heavy demand and other factors. However, it is affordable compare to the price of cooking gas. Speaking to a leading English Daily charcoal dealer said that this winter the sale of charcoal has increased around 40 percent compared to previous winter’s sale.
He said that there is not much effect in the charcoal stock by the blockade since it comes from our own state. Before the blockade the price of a bag of charcoal was Rs 450. But now due increased transport fare triggered by shortage of fuel the price of a bag of charcoal is sold at prices ranging from Rs 550 to Rs 600, he said.
He continued that charcoal in Imphal markets mostly comes from hills such as Sajik Tampak, Saikul, Kameilok, Maphou Dam, Serou, Senapati etc. A customer said that it is better for her family to use charcoal for cooking purposes than buying cooking gas from black market at exorbitant prices.
She said that it can be used both for cooking and warming up rooms in the morning as well as in the evening during this winter season.
She added that “Meiphu,’ charcoal heater automatically brings our family members together and we have good conversations around the heater.”
Source: Imphal Free Press
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