Chandigarh: Fruit and vegetable prices soar, vendors blame rising fuel prices for soaring
Prices for vegetables and fruit have risen from Rs 20 to Rs 40 over the past month, with vendors selling the same to customers at prices even higher than those set by the UT administration’s Marketing Committee. , burning a hole in the pockets of the public.
As of September 1, peas were sold at Rs 120 per kg. Today, the price has risen to Rs 150 per kg on the sector 26 cereal market. Tomatoes have also fallen from Rs 35 to Rs 50 per kg compared to last month. Sellers, however, attributed the high prices to rising fuel prices these days.
Nashik grenades (from Maharashtra) have gone from Rs 100 to Rs 120 since last month. Oranges, which have been set at Rs 60 from Rs 40 per kg by the Committee are sold by vendors at Rs 80 to Rs 90 per kg. Seasonal fruits like mosambis (lime) are the only relief, as they are set at Rs 60 per kg and are sold at the same price. The other vegetables, which have seen an increase in prices, are boudoir, cucumber and pumpkin.
Mahesh Agarwal, a local resident, said: “Prices are rising with each passing day. It is better to eat your own finger rather than boudoirs because the prices are close to Rs 50 per kg contrary to what has been fixed (18 per kg) by the Market Committee. Another consumer, Sunita Singh, said.
“The authorities should control the rise in the prices of vegetables. Apparently, the administration has no control over street vendors selling vegetables in open markets, on the streets and at people’s doors. “
Jarnail Singh, superintendent of the market committee, replied, “The employees of the market committee have nothing to do with the rates at which local vendors sell. The committee’s rates are decided during the open auction. If a local vendor charges more than the market committee rates, the public can and should take action. They can inform the municipal corporation and the enforcement agents who work there.