Tomato prices rise sky-high in Gurgaon
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Tomato prices rise sky-high in Gurgaon

Residents end up paying Rs 80 to Rs 90 for a kg as shortage in local supplies effects a surge in prices of everyday food ingredients.

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Residents of Gurgaon who went grocery shopping these last two days were in for a shock. As a result of shortage in local supplies, the prices of vegetables and fruits skyrocketed the last two days. Prices of everyday ingredients like onions and potatoes rose by about 75 per cent.

Those living in localities like DLF, Sushant Lok, South City, and on Golf course road, ended up paying between Rs 80 to Rs 90 for a kilogram of tomatoes. The cost of tomatoes had earlier risen from Rs 30 to Rs 60 in mid-June.

Tomatoes are an essential part of any diet and with the ever-increasing prices, residents were forced to cut down on their consumption. Himani Kapoor, a resident of Sector 46, said, “I have stopped using tomatoes in salads and have even reduced the amount of tomatoes in veggies. At first, I thought the grocer was joking about the rates but realised a little later that he wasn’t.”

It’s not just tomatoes, but price of onions, potatoes, cucumber and brinjals have also increased by Rs 20 per kilogram on an average. They are likely to increase further over the next couple of days due to a delay in supplies and because the local production has been exhausted.

Krishan kumar, head of Retail Market Association, said “Even wholesale prices are extremely high. We are trying to reduce our profit window so that people do not have to pay excessively high for vegetables. Customers are complaining daily, but there is not much we can do about it.”

He added, “As the monsoon arrives, prices of vegetables begin to rise every year. The local supplies, which come from different parts of nearby states, is over. We are now depending on supplies from Himachal Pradesh, but rain and road blockades have made it difficult for the trucks to make it on time.”

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