Unseasonal rain hikes up Mumbai prices


23 October 2020
Unseasonal rain hikes up Mumbai prices

UNSEASONAL rain in Mumbai has led to a sharp rise in prices of potatoes, as well as onions and tomatoes and potatoes, adding to the strain on household budgets, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.

The price of potato has increased to ₹50 a kg from ₹40. 

The retreating monsoon hit parts of western Maharashtra, Marathwada and Konkan last week, wreaking havoc on the standing crops which were waiting for harvesting. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is surveying these areas to assess the damage and provide relief to farmers.

Shankar Pingle, Director, Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), said there is a shortage of essential items. “Vegetables are brought from Solapur, Sangli, Pune, Satara and Nashik, which are hit by unseasonal rain. The crop has been destroyed, so there is an erratic supply of vegetables,” said Pingle. He said it will take at least 20 days for things to stabilise and the rates to come down.

Citizens feel the price hike has come at the worst time. “How can any household manage without these three items,” asked Naghma Khan Hashmi, a media professional from Oshiwara. “For the past seven months, we hardly earned anything due to lockdown. This hike is unbearable, especially for the poor,” she said, adding the state government should intervene.

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Hotels and restaurants have also been hit by the situation.

A partner at Saffron Kitchen, Raghav Pai, said: “The proposed hike has increased our overall costs and we can’t pass this on to our consumers. We have just started our eatery and any increase in rates means loss of consumers.”

Source: The Hindustan Times