Srinagar: With vegetable prices touching new highs everyday, the family expenditure budgets are severely coming under strain.
Consumers from different parts of the Srinagar city said the soaring vegetable prices had left their monthly budgets haywire.
The consumers said in the past few days the prices of vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, and onions etc had increased sharply. “The prices are increasing with such a speed that even the potatoes, tomatoes and onions are going outside one’s budget,” said a customer.
The price of tomatoes and beans have reached as high as Rs 80 and Rs 100 a kilo respectively. The price of onion has reached to Rs 50.
Afrooza Begum, a housewife said the sudden increase in vegetable prices has caused many problems for her. “One usually has to spend some extra bucks on several things now a days. And, then when you have prices touching the sky, they are bound to create the problem,” she said.
“The prices are simply unaffordable. I bought a kilo of tomatoes today for Rs 100. Earlier, with this amount I would buy two, three vegetable varieties at least,” she added.
According to the vegetable vendors they are getting vegetables for very high prices from the Parimpora Mandi .
Director Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Kashmir, Bashir Ahmad Kham said that the department will conduct raids tomorrow(Sunday) in City markets and if any vendor will be found guilty, strict action will be taken against him.
“Our team is continuously conducting raids in different valley markets. On your complaint, our team will conduct raids in city market tomorrow, who so ever will be found selling vegetables on high rates, will be taken to task,” said director CAPD, Bashir Ahmad Khan to Good Morning Kashmir