With the soaring prices of onions leaving city residents in tears, the UT administration has set up its own onion stall at the Sector-26 vegetable market. Here, onions are being sold for Rs 23 per kg and the entire stock is sold by 11 am. Onion prices have shot up by over 30 per cent during the past one month and retailers expect them to rise further.
The administration has also begun conducting checks at the city’s main retail vegetable market in Sector 26 to prevent hoarding. Meanwhile, onions are being sold for as much as Rs 40 a kg in the city’s retail markets. Prices of potatoes are also going through the roof at Rs 30 a kg.
District commissioner Mohammed Shayin said: “We’re conducting checks at all major retail vegetable markets. If required the administration will set up more such stalls.”
Meanwhile, traders at the Sector 26 vegetable market blamed erratic supplies for the price rise and denied hoarding.
“The city’s supplies of onions come mainly from Maharashtra where unseasonal rain and hailstorms have hit the crop, resulting in lower supply,” said a retailer.