Though the Diwali celebrations have started, they are muted this time with inflation forcing families to cut down their shopping budget.
The skyrocketing prices of vegetables and onions are weighing heavy on the pockets of the consumers of the state capital.
The prices have derailed the budget of the kitchen in the state.
In Shimla, onion is being sold at Rs 80 to Rs 90 per kg. It has recorded nearly 30% upsurge as it was at Rs 60 to Rs 70, 10 days ago.
Shimla resident Sarala Sharma said, “Onion has disappeared from the kitchen due to its soaring price. We have got to think before using onions in any dish.”
The prices of tomato have also shot up by more than 60% to 70% in the past 10 days. Tomato of good quality is being sold in retail in the range of Rs 70.
The price of green peas also surged to Rs 60-70 per kg. It was around Rs 50 per kg two weeks ago.
Other vegetables, including lady finger, beans, capsicum and cauliflower, have also witnessed the price rise in the range of 20% to 35%, said traders in Shimla.
Kalpana Chauhan of Nabha in Shimla said besides onion, other vegetables were also about to disappear from the dining table.
“Earlier, tomato prices derailed our budget. Now, its onion and other vegetables,” she added.
Citing crop damage due to rain, vegetable traders in Shimla were hopeful for decrease in vegetable prices.
Shimla-based vegetable trader Visheshar Nath said most of the vegetables, including potato, cauliflower, capsicum, beans and green peas, got damaged in the monsoon season in Himachal as well as in neighbouring states.
“Prices are likely to stay on the higher side for the next couple of weeks in the wake of Diwali festivities,” said Nath.
It would take time for the new crop to hit the market, but soon vegetables from Punjab would come to the state markets, he added.
Prices of vegetables
Onion: Rs 80 to Rs 90
Tomato: Rs 60 to Rs 70
Peas: Rs 60 to Rs 70
Beans: Rs 45 to Rs 55
Capsicum: Rs 50 to Rs 60
Potato: Rs 30 to Rs 40
Cauliflower: Rs 40 to Rs 50