Continued shortage in supply of onions to mandis in Delhi caused a spurt in its retail rate at public-owned outlets to R48 per kg. And, across colonies, the commodity was being sold between R60 and R70 per kg on Tuesday. However, chief minister Sheila Dikshit maintained that the rates will stabilise soon.
“We have already announced we will get 300 tonnes dedicated supply of onions, imported from Pakistan. That should bring down the cost,” she said. "The supply shortage has led to increase in onions price at 'our' outlets."
Delhi government, as part of market intervention scheme, facilitated sale of onions across 300-odd outlets of Mother Dairy's Safal, Nafed and Kendriya Bhandar, which on Tuesday sold the commodity at R48 per kg.
After almost three weeks of higher prices, people were left with no choice to buy onions as whatever rates it was available. "My family just cannot do without onions. If not more, at least one onion per meal is a must. So whatever may be the cost, I will continue to buy it," said Rucha Mayee, a lawyer residing at Indraprastha Extension in east Delhi.
On Tuesday, Delhi received only 599 tonnes of onions — less than Monday's 652 tonnes. The wholesale price ranged between R20 and R45 (best quality), mandi officials said. The average incoming at this time is 2,000-3,000 tonnes per day.
However, since around mid-December 2010, there has been an acute shortage in supply of this essential commodity, as rains affected the produce in the feeder states, mainly Maharashtra and Gujarat. The onion prices touched R80 per kg in third week of December.