islamabad - The vendors at various picnic spots of the city have started to sell food items at inflated rates, causing nuisance for the visitors.

A number of visitors complain of overcharging and sale of substandard food items at different picnic spots, particularly Lake View Park, Pakistan Monument and Damn-e-Koh, saying the department concerned is not taking action.

The vendors and kiosk owners are selling eatable items against exorbitant prices particularly one litre water bottle is available against Rs 100, soft drink one litre bottle for Rs 120, and Rice for Rs 200 per plate.

Shahid, a visitor to Lake View Park, told this agency that almost all food items including drinks, chips, dahi bhallay, fruit chaat and other fried items are being sold here at excessive price. He said he frequently visit different picnic spots along with his family for entertainment but it is difficult for him to buy eatable items for his kids. The vendors also don’t follow the hygienic laws, he added.

Rahat Ali, another visitor to the same spot, says his family brings food along with them to avoid the inconvenience of paying extra.

Hasnain, a vendor explained that they charge higher rates because they have to pay high rents of kiosks. He said he was paying Rs 50,000 rent per month to the owner of his kiosk.

When contacted, an official of Capital Development Authority said special teams of the CDA frequently visit different picnic spots to check quality of food items and its rates. He said the licences of those selling poor quality or overpriced items would be suspended if found guilty. The authority has set all to ensure hygienic eatable item at recreational places, the official added.