On Rs 55 a kg, on special stalls put up by Market Committee in Sector 26 around 25,000 kgs of onions sold out in just three hours on Saturday.
These stalls have been put by Market Committee in association with Aarhtiya Association. "The initiative has brought a huge relief for the people," said Balbir Singh chairman, Sabzi Mandi Association, Chandigarh.
He said that everyday a limited quota of 250 quintal is sold out for three hours from 9 am to 12 pm. "It has been done to end the panic in the market. These onions are for domestic use only. We have made packets of 2 kg each and one person is given one packet at a time," he said.
These onions are being sold out at cost price. "We sell it at the price on which it costs us," he said.
In wholesale market, the onion is available anywhere between Rs 40 to 55 depending on the quality.
According to market experts, the prices of onions are likely to come down in the next 7-10 days as a huge consignment of onion has also reached from Pakistan.
Even for past couple of months traders in Punjab are importing onions from Afghanistan through Attari-Wagah land route in Amritsar.