Fruit, vegetable vendors overcharging public

ISLAMABAD: The fruit and vegetable vendors in the capital are looting the public with both hands, as the authorities concerned are not taking appropriate measures to check the prices. According to the rates displayed in the main ‘sabzi mandi’ (vegetable market), mango were available at Rs 50 to 70 per kilogramme while the vendors were selling these at an exorbitant price of Rs 100 per kilogramme. Apples were available at Rs 60 to 80 per kilogramme, banana at Rs 60 per dozen and peach Rs 60 to 80 per kilogramme in the ‘sabzi mandi’. While the vendors in various localities are selling apples at Rs 100 per kilogramme, banana Rs 90 to 100 per kilogramme, and peach at Rs 100 kilogramme. Similarly, tomatoes were being sold at Rs 50 to 60 per kilogramme, onion At Rs 200 per five kilogramme, potato at Rs 380 per five kilogramme, brinjal at Rs 40 and lady finger at Rs 50 per kilogramme. “The authorities concerned has done little to regularise the prices of the vegetables and fruits in the markets giving a free hand to the vendors to fleece the consumers,” said Zubair Khan, a resident of Sector G7. Saeed Ahmed, a resident of Sector G6 said that in various sectors the vendors have set up stalls and are selling vegetables at exorbitant rates. Meanwhile, the prices of chicken meat were available at Rs 260 per kilogramme, live chicken at Rs 134 per kilogramme, and milk at Rs 120 per litre. 

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