<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Basic amenities were hit and normal life was thrown out of gear, especially when it came to vegetables. On Saturday, vegetable supply to Azadpur mandi — one of the main mandis of the Capital — was hit by 20 per cent as trucks from Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh could not reach their destinations.”There were fewer trucks in the mandi today since the ones coming from HP, Haryana and Punjab did not arrive. The same was the situation with fruits like apples as crops from Jammu and Kashmir and HP was less than normal,” said Ashok Kaushik, a wholesale trader.Apart from receiving less vegetables than normal, vegetable vendors also complained about their inability to send certain products outside Delhi. Cities like Panipat, Karnal, Sonepat and Ambala contribute to the Capital’s daily stock of vegetables and because of the crisis, capsicum, brinjal, gourd, cauliflower, beans were some of the products that had curtailed supply on Saturday.The lack of vegetables led to rising prices on Saturday. Prices of different vegetables skyrocketed. Tomatoes which have already been beyond the reach of common man for more than a month, commanded a price of Rs 80 for a kilogram in the wholesale market. While onions and potatoes remained unaffected, beans and capsicum were sold at Rs 80 and Rs 100 per kg respectively, in the retail market, a 20 percent jump from existing prices. Lemon which till Friday was available for Rs 50, touched Rs 60 for one kg on Saturday.Apart from the lack of produce was the security angle. The effect of Friday’s violence with arson incidents reported from areas such as Anand Vihar, Badarpur, Khyala and other areas in the north-east Delhi, ensured that some people looked to stay at home rather than go shopping.And with the verdict due on Monday, it is unlikely that the vegetable crisis will get resolved over the weekend.
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