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Retail traders fleecing customers despite availability of vegetables

By City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, Dec 16 - Despite the availability of vegetable stocks in the city, some traders continue to charge higher prices from customers who are struggling to cope with the situation arising out of the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

�Taking advantage of the current situation, the traders have hiked the prices of vegetables. In the wholesale market of the city, vegetables are available at reasonable rates. No abnormal prices are charged against any commodity and prices of some commodities have, in fact, come down as compared to the prices earlier this month. In the wholesale market, cabbages are sold for Rs 40 per kg, tomatoes at Rs 30 per kg, onions at Rs 100, cauliflowers at Rs 25-30, peas at Rs 50, carrots at Rs 40, beans at Rs 50, squashes at Rs 40 and bitter gourds at Rs 40 per kg,� said Babul Ali, a wholesale trader of the Fancy Bazar market.

Vegetables mainly come from Goalpara, Barpeta Road, Kharupetia and others. They are being sold at double their actual price at places like Ganeshguri, Silpukhuri, Noonmati, Beltola and others. Potatoes are being sold for Rs 45-50 per kg, and eggs at Rs 18-20 a pair in some pockets of the city.

A resident of Hedayatpur, Mafisuddin Ahmed said that he bought vegetables from Lakhtokia as prices were higher in his area. He said, �The roadside vendors are selling fresh vegetables at reasonable prices. The vegetable traders in our locality are charging higher prices, saying the vegetables stocks are limited. However, vegetables are now available in the market and so prices should be normal again.�

However, the customers are being charged much higher rates for the commodities.

When asked, some traders attributed the higher prices to the disruption in communication lines that forced them to bear high transportation costs in alternative arrangements.

However, some traders are allegedly charging high prices even for the old stocks.

�There are limited auto-vans and other vehicles to transport the stock from the wholesale market to the retail shops,� a retail trader at Silpukhuri said.

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Retail traders fleecing customers despite availability of vegetables

GUWAHATI, Dec 16 - Despite the availability of vegetable stocks in the city, some traders continue to charge higher prices from customers who are struggling to cope with the situation arising out of the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

�Taking advantage of the current situation, the traders have hiked the prices of vegetables. In the wholesale market of the city, vegetables are available at reasonable rates. No abnormal prices are charged against any commodity and prices of some commodities have, in fact, come down as compared to the prices earlier this month. In the wholesale market, cabbages are sold for Rs 40 per kg, tomatoes at Rs 30 per kg, onions at Rs 100, cauliflowers at Rs 25-30, peas at Rs 50, carrots at Rs 40, beans at Rs 50, squashes at Rs 40 and bitter gourds at Rs 40 per kg,� said Babul Ali, a wholesale trader of the Fancy Bazar market.

Vegetables mainly come from Goalpara, Barpeta Road, Kharupetia and others. They are being sold at double their actual price at places like Ganeshguri, Silpukhuri, Noonmati, Beltola and others. Potatoes are being sold for Rs 45-50 per kg, and eggs at Rs 18-20 a pair in some pockets of the city.

A resident of Hedayatpur, Mafisuddin Ahmed said that he bought vegetables from Lakhtokia as prices were higher in his area. He said, �The roadside vendors are selling fresh vegetables at reasonable prices. The vegetable traders in our locality are charging higher prices, saying the vegetables stocks are limited. However, vegetables are now available in the market and so prices should be normal again.�

However, the customers are being charged much higher rates for the commodities.

When asked, some traders attributed the higher prices to the disruption in communication lines that forced them to bear high transportation costs in alternative arrangements.

However, some traders are allegedly charging high prices even for the old stocks.

�There are limited auto-vans and other vehicles to transport the stock from the wholesale market to the retail shops,� a retail trader at Silpukhuri said.