Vegetable prices go through the roof in Delhi

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New Delhi: Prices of vegetables have increased up to 20 percent at grocery stores in Delhi in the last 10 days, much to the discomfort of citizens.

Though retailers attribute the price rise to traffic restrictions imposed within the city in view of the Commonwealth Games, officials and wholesale traders disagree.

A glance at rates provided   by Azadpur based Agricultural Produce Marketing Commit-tee suggests that there has been not much hike in the wholesale prices  of the vegetables, as inter-state movement of trucks are not affected.

But local vendors say traffic restrictions within the city due to the games have pushed the prices upward.

While there is 20 percent increase in prices of peas and capsicum, cauliflower is more expensive by 13.6 per cent, tomato by 12.33 percent and potato by 8 percent since September 19.

While potato is sold at Rs. 25 a kg in the retail, onion is available at Rs. 30 a kg and tomato Rs. 40 a kg.

Green vegetables like Cauliflower are available at Rs. 80 a kg while Peas and Capsicum cost Rs. 120 each.

Surendra Kohli, president of Vegetables Traders Associa-tion, blamed retailers for “fleecing” customers in the name of games, which has no bearing on produce arrivals in the wholesale markets like Azadpur and Okhla Subzi Mandi.

Rates of vegetables in the retail and wholesale market buttress Kohli’s viewpoint. Wholesale price of potato at Azadpur market yesterday was Rs. 13.75 a kg while onion sold at Rs. 18.75 a kg, Peas at Rs. 85 a kg, Tomato at Rs. 27.25 a kg and Cauliflower (Rs. 25 a kg).

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