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Hotels shut today to protest LPG price hike

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Kochi: The hotels across the State will observe a shut-down Friday to protest the steep hike in the price of commercial LPG cylinders, which came into effect on 1 January.

Representative of the Kerala Hotels and Restaurants Association (KHRA) announced that around 125000 hotels and restaurants in the state would remain closed from 6 am to 6 pm.

In a press conference here on Thursday, the association officials sought an immediate withdrawal of the price hike.

An Rs 385 hike has been tapped on a single cylinder which was earlier cost Rs 1798. Since hotels generally use three cylinders in a day, they have to bear an extra cost of around Rs 1200 a day, the officials said.

This will affect the functioning of medium-range hotels, they added.

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