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Rs 333 for Pani Puri? X A user’s post provokes hilarious reactions

By Ujjainee Roy Updated: May 1, 2024

An X user shared a photo of airport pani puris being sold for Rs 333 in Mumbai. Although airport food in India is known for its high prices, can this triple-digit price tag on pani puri really be justified? Social media has responded to this.

We already know how expensive airport food can be; from tea and coffee to dosa, noodles and sweets, everything costs a bomb if you buy it at the airport. But have you ever paid more than Rs 300 for a pani puri? An

He shared a photo in which plates of ‘Elco’ pani puri, dahi puri and sev puri were seen behind the glass counter of a shop with eight pieces of puris each and each plate costing Rs 333. ‘Real estate is expensive for food stalls on the CSIA Mumbai airport – but I didn’t know THIS was expensive,” wrote the X user.

As most people know, Elco is a popular pani puri center and restaurant in Bandra and while curbside pani puri and sev puri can cost around Rs 50, a plate of Elco’s pani puri can cost you anything between Rs 80-120. However, the tag of Rs 333 seemed too much for Elco style pani puri even if served at an airport. Needless to say, X users responded to this issue with hilarious responses.

“The value of that last Sukhi Puri at the end just increased!” responded one X user. “They must be imported ones,” joked another. Someone even tried to explain why the pani puris have a three-figure price tag. “The system determines the price points. The airport share, maintenance costs, operations, power bills and salaries will ultimately fetch only Rs 33 out of Rs 333,” they said.

Some other X users shared hacks to help people find cheaper food alternatives in and around the airport. “Little known, but near the Uber pick-up area in CSIA-P4, there is a stall selling Vada Pav for Rs 20 and Cutting chai for Rs 10. Same real estate, just a few floors lower. Excellent taste,” one netizen wrote.

“Airport food charges are disproportionate to the quality and quantity of food they offer – knowledge gleaned from many such experiences. If you can suppress your hunger for 3-4 hours (domestic flight), that’s good enough. Otherwise, bring some munchies,” wrote another netizen.

“Plus, #GST! I usually prefer to eat my tea, coffee or snacks before entering the airport. If you travel with your family most of the time, you may pay more than the cost of a one-way ticket. Why can’t airport stalls come up with prices based on visitor numbers?” asked another X user.