Skyrocketing prices of vegetables have greatly upset the people in this tourist town and surrounding areas as they have substantially disturbed the monthly budget of all housewives.
Shockingly, prices of both seasonal and offseason vegetables have gone up so much that customers of almost all categories feel very demoralised and depressed.
Prices of all vegetables like cauliflower, peas, French bean, tomatoes, capsicum, carrot, spinach and cabbage have shot up considerably. Cauliflower has been selling at the rate of Rs 40 per kg while peas is costing Rs 60 per kg. Similarly, French bean is selling at Rs 40 per kg while carrot at Rs 40 per kg.
While spinach is selling at the rate of Rs 30 per kg, tomato continues to sell at Rs 60 and onion at Rs 50 per kg. Potatoes, brinjal and cabbage are selling at the rate of Rs 30 per kg.
Interestingly, as the rates have gone up rate lists are not being displayed at most of the vegetable shops. Majority of the families in the town have either stopped purchasing vegetables or they are buying minimum possible quantity of vegetables to meet the domestic need.
Several 'dhaba' owners are even reported to have stopped purchasing vegetables due to high prices in the town.
“Instead of buying vegetables at exorbitant rates, we would prefer to purchase pulses”, said Reena Devi, a resident of nearby Rampur village. Similarly, Harender Thakur, a local resident, said that compared to prices of vegetables, chicken and mutton could be cheaper.
Gopal Chand, a vegetable merchant, said that prices of vegetables were, in fact, beyond the control of vendors as they were getting vegetables at much higher rates from wholesalers .
Reenu, Kusam, Shalu, Babli, Seema, all housewives, regretting the steep rise in prices of vegetables, appealed to the administration to take concrete steps to bring down prices of vegetables in the larger interest of masses.
When contacted, SDM Viney Dhiman assured that efforts would soon be made to bring the prices under control and that the administration would also ensure that rate lists are displayed by vegetable shop owners.