According to information, the stalls selling Rasagola, Chhenapoda and Chhenaganja have remained closed since yesterday morning on a decision taken by the Pahal Mitha Dokani Sangha (Pahal Sweet Stall Owner's Association).
The association wants that a unique rate chart to be unanimously prepared fixing prices of various kinds of sweets by shop owners in view of the recent rise in milk prices.
"An increase of Rs 4 increase per liter of milk has caused an increase in cheese prices by Rs 20 per liter. Sweets are made from cheese. Thus, prices of sweets need to be increased accordingly," said an association member.
The member said all sweet stall owners will sit together and decide on prices of various kinds of sweets- Rasagola, Chhenapoda and Chhenagaja. It may not be possible to sell small sweets at Rs 5 per piece.
As shops have remained closed, the roadsides, which usually remain crowded, have worn a deserted look now. No motorcycle or car rider is stopping there to relish a few pieces of sweets or buy them for family and friends. Long-route buses have stopped halting there to take tins of sweets to far places like Sambalpur, Rourkela, Bargarh, Jharsuguda and Balangir.
According to information, there are a total of 90 sweet stalls at Pahal. All these stalls will remain closed for another day as per the decision of the association.
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