The city woke up today with a milk shortage in various areas. Residents were seen running from one vendor to another to get milk packets of any company. However,the first day of the savan month was the reason behind this sudden short supply. The milk companies had sent about 15 per cent more milk supplies today
However,many still could not get it for own consumption as a large part of the stock was used to make kheer in Gurdwaras to be served as langar on the first day of the savan month while devotees also offered milk to Lord Shiva in temples.
At the Verka milk plant,2.45 lakh litres of milk had gone to the market today,which was about 15 per cent more than Sundays supply.
K S Chabbra,a dealer of Tru milk at Pakhowal Road,said,A large stock of milk was purchased by the Gurudwaras today for the langar and they had booked orders on Sunday itself. So we had to abide by that.
Another Verka dealer in the same area revealed that devotes purchased milk packets in large numbers to take them to temples. So the supply for human consumption was short.
Such problems are often witnessed on the first day of the savan month,revealed Verka employees union President Sukhdev Singh.
The vendors selling loose milk also informed that a large part of their stock was used for offering prayers and making langars today. One vendor Amanpreet Singh said,I gave less supply to many houses as my stock was used elsewhere. But I had no choice.
A milk shortage is likely on the next three Mondays as well,when devotees will offer milk to Lord Shiva along with Bhelpatra to please him.