GUWAHATI, March 18 – A vegetarian meal does not come cheap now-a-days. What with spiraling of all essential commodities, the prices of different vegetables have gone up making it costlier for the consumers to rustle up even a vegetarian dish. But apart from the soaring prices of vegetables which is very common during this season, the consumers cannot expect to buy their greens at the same rate - the prices of the same vegetables not only differ from market to market, but even in the same market itself, the prices vary.
On last Friday, the rates of the vegetables in different GMC markets like Beltola, Chandmari and Ganeshguri differed and the variation raises the question whether the consumers have been taken for a ride.
At the Beltola GMC market, the price of carrot was Rs 30 per kg, at the Ganeshguri market it was Rs 16 and Rs 12 per kg and at the Chandmari market it was Rs 10 per kg. The price of lady’s finger at the Beltola market was Rs 80 per kg, at Ganeshguri it was Rs 50 per kg and at Chandmari it was Rs 40 per kg.
The price of bitter gourd at the Beltola market was Rs 80 per kg, at Ganeshguri and Chandmari markets it was Rs 40 per kg. The price of tomatoes at the Beltola market was Rs 16 per kg whereas the price of the same at the Ganeshguri and Chandmari markets was Rs 10 per kg. The price of ridge gourd was Rs 70 per kg at Beltola market, Rs 30 per kg at Ganeshguri and Rs 40 per kg at the Chandmari. The price of brinjal was Rs 30 per kg at Beltola market, Rs 20 per kg and Rs 15 per kg at Ganeshguri and Rs 15 per kg at Chandmari. Another sought after vegetable, the french beans were costing Rs 30 per kg at Beltola market, Rs 20 per kg at Ganeshguri and Rs 10 per kg at Chandmari.
Compared to the Chandmari GMC market, the prices of the vegetables sold on the pavement of Chandmari were double and triple.
When Saurav Ali, a vegetable seller at the Beltola market was asked about the big difference in the prices of the same vegetables, he said that the prices of the vegetables vary according to the quality and also the transportation cost. “We have to get the vegetables from the wholesale market at Fancy Bazaar. We have to recover our transportation cost as well,” said Ali.