Some Okhla residents drop vegetable of their menu
OT, April 5, 2012 12:40 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
Batla House resident Najma Khanam doesn’t know what to cook this morning. The unexpected rise of vegetable prices has a debilitating impact on her monthly expenditure. Many residents who used to have two vegetable dishes at dinner have cut it by one after prices of most of the vegetables have gone up by around 20 to 30 per cent. Some even have taken vegetable off their dishes for the time being.
Khanam, a widow who banks on her pension, said: “I don’t know how to manage the household expenditure. Now I don’t eat fruit as its price has also gone up.”
Other residents too feel the heat in the locality and other parts of Delhi. The rise is being attributed to supply crunch from other states. A vegetable vendor Imran said: “We are helpless. We cannot do anything as we are getting expensive vegetable from other areas.” Market analysts feel that the situation would persist for more days to come.
Lad’s finger, tomato and brinjal are being sold at Rs 60 a kilogram. It prices varies from area to area. Some vendors are even selling it for Rs 80. With no agency controlling price of essential commodities including vegetable and fruit, residents have no other option but to pay from their pocket.
To control their spending, many residents have taken vegetable and fruit off their menus. They are eating meat that comes for cheap compared to vegetable. One kilogram of chicken comes for Rs 100 or Rs 120 and one can have it for more than a day, said Noor Jahan, a housewife.
She said: “For the time being no vegetable. I am buying chicken so as to keep my spending under control.”
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