Srinagar: The skyrocketing prices of vegetables and other stuff due to closure of Srinagar-Jammu Highway have levied an additional burden on the people of Kashmir who have already suffered heavily since August 2019.
Local citizens told News Agency Kashmir News Trust that vegetable prices have gone beyond their purchasing capacity while the continuous shut down of Srinagar-Jammu Highway have also decreased the availability of vegetables in the market.
Potatoes are selling Rs 50 per kg, Onion Rs 70 per kg, Beans Rs 50 per kg, Cabbage Rs 60 per kg, Tomato Rs 50 per kg while green leafy vegetables have also become very expensive and are selling Rs 70 per kg.
A tray of eggs is selling at Rs 200. The consumers are finding it hard to purchase groceries due to skyrocketing prices.
Fatima, a lady from Maisuma area of Kashmir capital Srinagar said that the cost at which the vegetables are being sold these days are double the usual. “The profiteers take full advantage of situation and whenever, Srinagar-Jammu Highway gets closed, they leave no stone unturned in looting the people,” she said.
The market checking squad has gone in hibernation since January 3, when snow lashed Valley.
“Frankly speaking we are unable to check the market due to snow accumulation. In interiors we can’t move. There are lanes and by-lanes where snow has still not been removed,” said a Checking Squad official on condition of anonymity.