Photos: Border closures might affect Delhi’s vegetable supply, prices

Updated On May 02, 2020 06:19 PM IST

Faridabad in Haryana sealed its borders with Delhi on Wednesday, Gurugram restricted throughfare from Friday morning and Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad had sealed their borders with the national capital last week. The impact of Delhi’s neighbours closing entries to the city is being felt by its wholesale markets which are dealing with a gradual disruption in the supply of fruits and vegetables --set to make produce dearer for residents.

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Workers carry crates of tomatoes at Ghazipur Mandi during the ongoing lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. Delhi’s wholesale markets are dealing with a gradual disruption in the supply of fruits and vegetables, which is set to send retail prices soaring, as neighbouring states have sealed borders with the Capital. (ANI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 02, 2020 06:19 PM IST

Workers carry crates of tomatoes at Ghazipur Mandi during the ongoing lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. Delhi’s wholesale markets are dealing with a gradual disruption in the supply of fruits and vegetables, which is set to send retail prices soaring, as neighbouring states have sealed borders with the Capital. (ANI)

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A worker seen on top of a truck in Azadpur Mandi. According to the data shared by the agriculture produce market committee (APMC), the three major markets in Delhi — Azadpur, Ghazipur and Okhla — have recorded a 25-40% drop in fresh stocks of fruits and vegetables, including bottle gourd, ridged gourd, brinjal, okra, coriander leaves, cucumber, musk melon and water melon, at a point that is considered the start of the season, reported HT on May 1. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 02, 2020 06:19 PM IST

A worker seen on top of a truck in Azadpur Mandi. According to the data shared by the agriculture produce market committee (APMC), the three major markets in Delhi — Azadpur, Ghazipur and Okhla — have recorded a 25-40% drop in fresh stocks of fruits and vegetables, including bottle gourd, ridged gourd, brinjal, okra, coriander leaves, cucumber, musk melon and water melon, at a point that is considered the start of the season, reported HT on May 1. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

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A scene at Azadpur Mandi. Many traders have shut shop, demanding that the market be spread across 100-odd acres and shifted in parts to other locations. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 02, 2020 06:19 PM IST

A scene at Azadpur Mandi. Many traders have shut shop, demanding that the market be spread across 100-odd acres and shifted in parts to other locations. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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A civil defence personnel speaks on a loudspeaker in Azadpur Mandi. “At the wholesale level, we are taking all possible measures to ensure that prices of fruits and vegetables do not shoot up. Other than that, the market is being sanitised more frequently now, every few hours,” chairperson of Azadpur APMC, Adil Khan told HT. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 02, 2020 06:19 PM IST

A civil defence personnel speaks on a loudspeaker in Azadpur Mandi. “At the wholesale level, we are taking all possible measures to ensure that prices of fruits and vegetables do not shoot up. Other than that, the market is being sanitised more frequently now, every few hours,” chairperson of Azadpur APMC, Adil Khan told HT. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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Workers look on during a health survey in Azadpur Mandi. The market has around 2,800 registered traders and around 12,000 individuals are engaged in various roles, such as accountants, porters, daily wage labourers engaged in loading and unloading of goods etc. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 02, 2020 06:19 PM IST

Workers look on during a health survey in Azadpur Mandi. The market has around 2,800 registered traders and around 12,000 individuals are engaged in various roles, such as accountants, porters, daily wage labourers engaged in loading and unloading of goods etc. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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A medic conducts thermal screening for workers in Azadpur Mandi. As many as 15 traders in the market have tested positive for Covid-19 infection on Thursday and 43 contacts have been quarantined. Test results of over 100 persons associated with the market are awaited, while over 500 have been screened. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 02, 2020 06:19 PM IST

A medic conducts thermal screening for workers in Azadpur Mandi. As many as 15 traders in the market have tested positive for Covid-19 infection on Thursday and 43 contacts have been quarantined. Test results of over 100 persons associated with the market are awaited, while over 500 have been screened. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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Workers unload watermelons from a truck in Azadpur Mandi. In regular times, at least 3,300 trucks supply produce to the Azadpur market every day, while the other two major agriculture produce markets in the city -- Ghazipur and Okhla -- receive around 400 and 200 trucks a day, respectively. (ANI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 02, 2020 06:19 PM IST

Workers unload watermelons from a truck in Azadpur Mandi. In regular times, at least 3,300 trucks supply produce to the Azadpur market every day, while the other two major agriculture produce markets in the city -- Ghazipur and Okhla -- receive around 400 and 200 trucks a day, respectively. (ANI)

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People and vehicles queue to enter Azadpur Mandi in the morning. The market received 5,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables on Wednesday, a fall from the 7,500 tonnes, which is the average during the lockdown. Supply improved slightly on Thursday to 6,000 tonnes, as the movement of essential vehicles was allowed across borders, Adil Khan told HT. (ANI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 02, 2020 06:19 PM IST

People and vehicles queue to enter Azadpur Mandi in the morning. The market received 5,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables on Wednesday, a fall from the 7,500 tonnes, which is the average during the lockdown. Supply improved slightly on Thursday to 6,000 tonnes, as the movement of essential vehicles was allowed across borders, Adil Khan told HT. (ANI)

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Workers rest on a hand pulled cart in Azadpur Mandi. The ripple effects of a broken supply chain are already visible at retail markets. Prakash Singh, a vegetable trader at Mehrauli market, said, “Vegetables and fruits coming from UP and Haryana via Faridabad border are not reaching the market. So, traders of small-scale markets are not able to get proper supply. If this continues, vegetables and fruits are set to get dearer,” Singh told HT. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on May 02, 2020 06:19 PM IST

Workers rest on a hand pulled cart in Azadpur Mandi. The ripple effects of a broken supply chain are already visible at retail markets. Prakash Singh, a vegetable trader at Mehrauli market, said, “Vegetables and fruits coming from UP and Haryana via Faridabad border are not reaching the market. So, traders of small-scale markets are not able to get proper supply. If this continues, vegetables and fruits are set to get dearer,” Singh told HT. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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