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Highway closure: prices of essential items go up.

AUQIB SALAM
Srinagar, Jan 13: The continued Srinagar-
Jammu national highway closure has resulted
in skyrocketing of prices of essentials goods in
Kashmir. The highway remained closed for
the fifth straight day today.
A market survey by this reporter in Sri-
nagar revealed that onion was being sold
between Rs 60 to 70, potato Rs 50, and Kale
(Haakh) Rs 100 per kg.
Consumers complained that prices of eggs
have also increased and mutton was still being
sold at Rs 600 per kg despite government claim-
ing to have enforced the meat rate of Rs 480
per kg.
However, the vegetable vendors said that
were getting supplies at higher rates. “Before
the snowfall, the prices had stabilized to some extent, but since the closure of the highway we are get-

ting vegetables at higher prices from wholesale mandis,”

Abudul Majeed, a vendor at Lalchowk said.

Some consumers from Hazratbal said that the shopkeep-

ers were selling vegetables at much higher prices.

While talking to Greater Kashmir, Director Consumer

Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Bashir Ahmed

Khan said that the government is doing everything to keep

the markets on check.

He said that they have increased the market checking

squads. “We have fined the violators as well and in this

regard several FIRs have been registered,” he said.

Earlier this month , Div Com Kashmir, P K Pole had

ordered a strict market checking following the heavy snow-

fall which led to highway closure. The consumers said that

the government is not moving beyond official orders while

the general public is facing the brunt.

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