GUWAHATI, Jan 14 � With the aroma of the finest Assamese delicacies made of fresh harvest in the air, Uruka is being celebrated with gaiety and traditional fanfare in the State.
Whereas mejis or bhelaghars have been put up to enjoy community feasts amid one of the coldest winters, specially in villages and suburbs of the State, skyrocketing prices of all the Bihu must-have items are burning holes in common man�s pocket.
Magh Bihu � the festival of plenty � has forced common people this time to restrict their needs to the minimum, though the spirit of Bihu is high among the masses.
One kilogram of good quality curd, a must-have during Bihu, costing anywhere between Rs 80 to 120 is just an indicator of the Bihu price market. To sweeten the bowl of doi-chira (flattened rice and curd) with good quality organic khejurir gur (jaggery), the foodies are paying as high as Rs 90 to Rs 120 per kg. Shortage of good quality gur in the market has been a big disappointment for the people.
Those who want to make their Uruka and Bihu special with some helping of chitol fish, would have to shell out around Rs 500 to 700 or more per kg. Even the all-time favourite rohu fish can surprise the buyers with a price of Rs 350 to 450 per kg.
Considering the requirement of fish on the day of Uruka, office of the District Fishery Development Officer, Kamrup arranged for sale of fish on January 14 at Dighalipukhuri, Maligaon, Meen Bhawan, Sarabbhatti, Dispur Super Market and Last Gate, Khanapara, Beltola and Hatigaon.
�The prices of local chicken and mutton are varying from place to place. Considering the urgency of the buyers and the availability of stock, the shopkeepers are having a free hand in citing the prices of these Bihu-special items,� a resident of Panjabari said.
With the galloping prices of vegetables and other essential commodities in the market, common people, particularly those from the lower income groups are finding it difficult to indulge generously in the Bihu festivities. The bitter winter, on the other hand, has made market surveying difficult for those who wanted to have the best bargain.
The Asam Sahitya Sabha has extended its greetings to the people of the State on the occasion of Uruka and Bhogali Bihu. A delegation of the Sabha representatives would visit the Assam-Meghalaya border to share the joys as also the Bihu delicacies with those affected by the ethnic clashes in Mendipathar, Rechubelpana and Nabang areas, a press statement mentioned.