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Old 09-Jan-2009
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Post Truckers' strike:Vegetable prices double

The transporters' strike is hitting people hard.

Since January 5 when the strike began, prices have nearly doubled.

Truckers want the price of diesel to be cut by Rs 10. They are also demanding withdrawal of the service tax they have to pay.

However, most truckers bringing fruits and vegetables to Delhi's mandis have not joined the nationwide strike.

Mehboob, a wholesale trader in Delhi's Azadpur Mandi says that although there has been no disruption in the supply so far, nominal rise at the wholesalers' end is visible.

"There is a small hike in some vegetables like onions and tomatoes," said Mehboob, a wholesale trader at Azadpur Mandi.

Though the supply of the vegetables has been intact so far, the panic perhaps has triggered off fluctuations in the prices of vegetables. It is certainly being felt at the retailer's end.

Housewives are shocked.

For instance, 75-year-old Bani Dutta and her husband are both pensioners. Bani leaves her neighbourhood grocery store in Chittaranjan park empty-handed nowadays.

"The hike in price is too much. Just imagine bitter gourd is for Rs 40 per kg. It's better to buy fish or meat," said Bani.

Since the truckers' strike began, the price of tomatoes has shot up from Rs 8 to Rs 12 per kilo. Onions cost Rs 4 more than earlier. Spinach which was Rs 8 a kilo is now Rs 12. And capsicum has jumped from Rs 25 to Rs 32 a kilo.

The Delhi government has ordered truckers to get back to work under the Essential Services Maintainance Act (ESMA). But truckers say, they're defying that order.

Old 12-Jan-2009
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