Ahead of Eid, rates of commodities increase dramatically

Ahead of Eid, rates of commodities increase dramatically
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Shoppers complain of administration’s failure curbing increasing rates

Arif Rashid

Srinagar: Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, prices of essential commodities as well as fancy goods have increased dramatically in valley markets.
Throughout Thursday, people from all age groups could be seen buying different kinds of items from Srinagar markets. There was huge rush of customers at Jamia Market Nowhatta, Lal Chowk, Batamaloo, M A Road, Residency Road, Hari Singh High street, Goni Khan, Dalgate, Amira Kadal and the Polo View.
However, shoppers complained of administration’s failure to check prices of essential commodities prior to Eid. “We purchased bakery, mutton, cheese, chicken and pastry only for Eid. Due to the high prices, we cannot buy clothes for our children,” said Rafiqa Bano, resident of Qamarwari Srinagar.
Gowhar Bashir, a local, said the rates, especially of clothes and mutton, increased exorbitantly during Ramadhan.
“I buy mutton and clothes from Goni Khan market but the rates of various items have almost doubled in all the markets of the Srinagar city,” he claimed.
“I am confused as to why the rates of chicken, mutton, cheese, clothes, vegetables and bakery have increased? It is unfortunate that some people are taking advantage of the Eid and exploiting our helplessness and there is no one to stop them,” said Zulha Andrabi, a local from Srinagar city.
Prices of products like mutton, poultry, bakery products, vegetables, cottage cheese, clothes and other items are likely to be shot up by the traders, even as the CAPD has already published rate lists.