Eateries in the city are facing a tough time as the bird flu scare has affected their business.To clear the air, eateries have started displaying notices claiming that the food prepared by them was safe and there was no need to panic.
Free chicken cur ry and boiled eggs were distributed by the Chandigarh Meat Market Welfare Association in a mela organised on Wednesday.
The association will organise a similar mela on Friday. Even though there has been a major drop in the demand, the prices of chicken and eggs remain unchanged.
Pal Dhaba, a Sector 28-based eating joint famous for its nonvegetarian dishes, has displayed notices claiming that there was no bird flu in the locality. A similar notice by the poultry association has also been put up.
Amit Pal Singh, one of the owners of the Dhaba, said: “We are tired of questions from customers who want to know if it is safe to eat chicken or eggs. We have put up notices to clear the air.”
Meanwhile, other non-vegetarian eating joints in the city say even though there was no fall in the prices, the demand had definitely gone down.
The Sector 8 market, which remains abuzz during evenings with people enjoying chicken and eggs, has seen very few customers during the past one week.
Sanjay Gandhi, owner of Bamboo Curry in Sector 8, said, “There was a complete blackout for three days, but on Wednesday, the sales improved. We have customers asking us if it is safe to eat chicken and eggs. People have become scared and it has affected our business.”
Atul Solankar, president of Chandigarh Meat Market Welfare Association, said, “The decrease in demand has affected the business.”