With retail prices of onion hovering between Rs 70 and Rs 80 per kg, the district administration on Thursday formed five teams to crack down on hoarders and search godowns across Indore.
Collector P Narahari also announced that government shops would be opened at a number of areas in the city where onion would be sold at wholesale price, around Rs 40 per kg.
During the drive, the teams searched 14 godowns and found 9,000 sacks of onion weighing roughly 50 kg each. SDM Sapna Shivale’s team searched Sanjana godown on CAT Road and found 3,500 sacks of onion, while SDM D Nagendra’s team found 5,000 sacks of onion at Umia godown, while the team led by SDM Sapna Jain searched Dutt godown and found 425 sacks of onion. The remaining 11 godowns had around 600 sacks of onion stored.
ADM Deepak Singh said the godown owners said the onion belonged to various farmers and were not being hoarded. ADM Singh said their claims were presently being verified and action would be taken if it was found to be hoarded. Collector Narahari has given strict orders to discourage hoarding of onions.