Due to increasing health consciousness, people are avoiding fried food items and going for fresh fruits this Navratri, but the sky-rocketing prices of fruits are playing a spoilsport.
Almost every fruit has seen an increase of R20 to R30 per kg since the last week. “Last week, I bought oranges for R70 a kg, they are now being sold over R100 per kg,” said Shalini Mehta, a resident of DLF Phase I. The price of Indian grapes has shot up from R40-50 per kg to R160 per kg. Bananas, said to be a poor man’s fruit, are available for R50-60 per dozen.
“Even apples and oranges are available for R100-150. I don't know what to eat,” cribbed Nirmala Gupta, a housewife.
“There is extreme shortage of fruits. Their demand has far exceeded their supply, in view of the festival. As a result, their prices in the mandi have increased,” said Sagar Khan, a fruit seller.
Gurgaon is also expensive as godown owners, who get the fruits from Azadpur Mandi and sell them to fruit sellers, have to pay 4% additional tax to the government.
Many people from posh societies of DLF and Sushant Lok are going to the fruit market in old Gurgaon to buy their stock of fruits for the week. “My wife and I are observing the fast and prefer having fruits, as they are handy and healthy. But after looking at the rates, I decided to go to the mandi,” said Gaurav Yadav, a resident.