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Fleecing travellers... By Imran

16 January, 2014

I wish to bring to the notice of the authorities responsible for price control, our consumer-based society and the public regarding my experience of staying in a hotel located on GT Road in Jhelum. The journey from Islamabad to Sialkot takes four hours on average. This longish journey requires a meal and prayer break, which oftentimes is hosted by the motel mentioned earlier. Every single item there seems to challenge the price control authorities; no matter whether it falls in the category of beverages or is an edible item, the administration is determined to take Rs 10 to Rs 15 per item as a surcharge.

Apart from junk food, their own cooked foodstuff is of pathetic quality. A Rs 50 'egg burger' ridiculously has little egg and merely contains a bun, funky smelling salad and health threatening ketchup. Moreover, there is a penalty for prepaid mobile phone vouchers as well.

According to some sources, the connivance of the travel agency and the hotel administration is messing the passengers up. At this stage some questions need to be answered. Can any hotel be allowed to impose a tariff of its own without taking the consumer's rights under consideration? What are the health and price control authorities doing to emancipate people from this trouble?

IMRAN RAZA
Islamabad

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