Vegetable sellers at rythu bazaars in the city too hiked the prices on Tuesday. The lock down on second day also witnessed buyers in large numbers flocking the markets and picking up vegetables in more quantities.

As the crowds grew, prices at several rythu bazaars at Mehdipatnam, Erragadda, Kothapet and Alwal started to go up with scant regard for the prices fixed and displayed at the markets by the committee. If chilli which was available at Rs 38 per kg on Monday, the prices escalated to Rs 80 on Tuesday and for a kg of lady’s finger, buyers had to shell out Rs 50 and above, as against Rs 38 a day ago.

Except tomatoes, which were priced at Rs 20 a kg, most vegetables including carrot, potatoes, cabbage and ridge gourd were sold at prices higher that Monday. Farmers attributed the exorbitant prices to fewer arrivals of vegetables in the city markets. Yet, at Erragadda Model Rythu Bazaar, several trucks were seen arriving with large vegetables stocks. Several trucks with stocks were also seen moving around colonies and selling vegetables. But the pricing of the most of the vegetables turned out to be on the higher side.

Despite this, residents flocked the trucks and made purchases. “People got 3 kg tomato for Rs 100. I might have paid a bit more but it saved me the trouble of having to visit crowded market and face the risk of coronavirus,” 

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