Post Kerosene ban in Guwahati, street food prices likely to increase

Guwahati, September 13: With the Central government’s move to ban kerosene in Guwahati, several petty food stall owners are facing an acute dearth of a cheaper substitute of fuel.

It may be mentioned in a letter written by the Deputy Secretary to the state government, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department earlier this month had mentioned about the approval of the pilot project on making the state of Assam kerosene-free.

The approval is followed by a Niti Aayog report, and an action plan for clean fuel, on the recommendation that Guwahati should ban the use of kerosene in order to ease the situation of air pollution.

Speaking to TIME8, a momo stall owner in Ulubari said, “Kerosene was the only cheap fuel to burn our stoves. If it will be completely banned from the city it is going to be a herculean task for us to earn our bread and butter. We would have no choice but to increase the prices of our food items.”

While another stall owner in Pan Bazar added, “This is totally not acceptable. This a severe blow to the poor people.”