Srinagar markets witness price-hike in vegetables, fruits

Srinagar markets witness price-hike in vegetables, fruits
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SRINAGAR: Due to the recent snowfall in Kashmir valley and limited movement of supplies on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, prices of vegetables and fruits have increased manifold in Srinagar markets.
Although people across the Valley cherished the snowfall that occurred at a much needed time but on the other side they are anguished on the rising prices.
According to buyers, prices of potato, tomato, pea, cauliflower, and onion have increased almost 40% which according to the shopkeepers was because of the ‘short supply’ from outside the Valley.
Mohammad Shafi, who purchased a kilogram of peas at 50 rupees after the snowfall said, “Last week I purchased peas from the local market of Darish Kadal at the cost of 30 rupees per kg , and before two days, I purchased them at 50 rupees per kg,” adding that shopkeepers were taking advantage of highway closure and were increasing rates on their own.
He said there has been a tremendous increase in rates from past two days but the concerned authorities have failed to check the markets.
Mahajabeen Banoo, a local told Kashmir Reader that they would buy an egg tray containing two-and-half-dozen eggs at 150 rupees while yesterday, they bought the same tray at the cost of 175 rupees. “There are no rate lists with the vegetable sellers. They have also hiked the prices of locally grown vegetables like nadru, turnip, radish, etc. while the administration is passing the buck.
Locals blame government has no regular market checking squads that is why they were witnessing a hike on daily essentials every year.
While on the other side, vegetables-sellers at Batamaloo, Darish Kadal, Lal Chowk told Kashmir Reader that because of rains and snowfall, the supply of vegetables has abruptly decreased causing a price hike.
“We usually take vegetables from the Parimpora fruit mandi but vegetable merchants have increased the rates from 15 to 20%.We are forced to sell the vegetable at higher prices to recover our costs what can we do – we too have to earn ,” a seller said.
However, Director Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) department Kashmir, Mohammad Qasim Wani told Kashmir Reader that their enforcement teams were already checking the markets.
“We have already deployed two teams in the market for checking the rates, and from last three days, we have also fined many shopkeepers for hiking vegetable prices,” Wani said.
While adding that the department needed cooperation from the public, he said the consumers should come forward and identify the place so that “we will take strict actions against them”.