Prices Of Essential Commodities Soar In Kashmir After Snowfall

Prices Of Essential Commodities Soar In Kashmir After Snowfall

14 March 2014
Authint Mail


Srinagar: The heavy snowfall which disrupted life all across Kashmir forcing the closure of arterial roads as well as Srinagar-Jammu highway for the three days has soared the prices of essential commodities. Reports said the prices of fresh vegetables, loose milk, chicken and mutton are soaring. According to CNS, the prices of chicken and mutton have increased by 25 to 30 per cent while auto rickshaw drivers have doubled the fares in Srinagar city and other major towns due to heavy water logging. “I prefer to travel by auto these days because there is water logging at different places. Taking due advantage of water logging, the drivers are charging heavy rates,” Muhammad Abbas of Alamgari Bazar told CNS. Another resident from Raj Bagh Srinagar said that he purchased chicken at Rs 130 a kg while mutton is being sold at Rs 370 a kg against the government rate of Rs 310. People are complaining that vegetable and mutton sellers are charging the prices at their will while no market checking is being conducted by Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department. When contacted, Director CA&PD, Bashir Ahmed Khan told CNS that there is no shortage of essential commodities in the market and market checking is being conducted on routine basis. “Our checking squad charged a fine of Rs 14,000 from different shopkeepers from Rainawari and other parts of old city. He appealed people to pay only Rs 100 for one kg chicken and Rs 310 for one kg meat.