GUWAHATI, Jan 14 � The prices of the essential items are sky- rocketing though, the Guwahatians were not disheartened. Stung by the desire to celebrate the Bhogali Bihu with fervour, they were found to be shopping enthusiastically on the Uruka day today. No doubt, the Bhogali Bihu is going to be one of the most expensive affairs for the people of the city this time.
Love for freshwater fish for the Uruka feast, made a good number of fish lovers take an early morning trip to the Uzanbazar market in the city, which was abuzz with people bargaining over the fresh arrivals.
According to the market sources, last year, around 1,500 quintal fish were sold in the Uzanbazar fish market, whereas, this year, around 2,000 quintal fish was available in the market.
�Fish has always been and probably would always be the favourite of the people for Uruka feast. Usually, we buy fish from our local market. But, for Uruka, we go to Uzanbazar to buy the fresh fish for the feast,� a resident of Chandmari said.
The price of Cheetol fish in the Uzanbazar was up to Rs 700 per kg this morning, which came down to Rs 550 by the afternoon. Aari fish was sold at the rate of Rs 550 per kg, whereas Borali fish was sold at the rate of Rs 400 per kg. The price of Rohu was Rs 250 per kg, Bhokua was sold at the rate of Rs 180 to Rs 200 in the market.
As non-vegetarian items are preferred for the feast in Uruka, the prices of mutton also shot up to Rs 250 per kg. The broiler chicken was sold in the market at the rate of Rs 120 to Rs 140 per kg. The local chicken, which is preferred over the broiler, was sold at the rate of Rs 250 per kg. Today, the price of pork in most of the city markets was Rs 200 per kg.