Forced to shell out a bomb for your daily veggie supply? Blame rainfall and fog that have given over-charging retailers an excuse to embark on a free run.
Citing marginal increase in wholesale prices, several vendors across Delhi-NCR have been making a killing, especially on tomato, beans and cauliflower. The same was surprisingly admitted by officials at the Azadpur market too.
While onion was being sold at Rs 40 per kg in Janakpuri, Patparganj and Vasant Kunj, tomato prices touched Rs 60 per kg. Potato cost Rs 30 per kg in west and south Delhi.
Cauliflower which was being sold for Rs 20-30 per kg till last month cost at least Rs 50 in east and south Delhi. In Ghaziabad, it touched Rs 90 per kg in the last few days. Even at a weekly market in Vasant Kunj, where prices are comparatively lower, cauliflower cost Rs 40 per kilogram Monday.
Price of beans came as another shocker with the vegetable being sold for anything between Rs 60-80 per kg.
In Noida, wholesale prices of potato went up from Rs 10 to Rs 20 while onion became dearer by 40%.
Local retailers were selling a kilogram of potato at Rs 30-40 while onion cost Rs 50 per kg. Tomato was available for Rs 40 per kg after wholesale prices saw a 45%.
“Fog had affected the movement of trucks initially but that was just a matter of a few days. Vegetable prices are not soaring in the wholesale market and there is no shortage. Only cauliflower is not in full supply which is why its price is high this winter. It’s because the farmers have not grown enough crop this time,” said Mahinder Kumar, member, agricultural produce marketing committee, Azadpur.
Wholesalers in Noida, however, said prices may fall if the weather improves. “Prices may fall by 5% if conditions get warmer in the coming days,” said Imrana Usman, general secretary of Adhati Association in Noida.