Bhubaneswar: Extremely severe cyclone FANI has prompted panic buying in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Apprehending shortage of essential commodities denizens of the Twin City are resorting to panic buying of vegetables.
While the impact of the cyclone is expected to last for a maximum of three days, people are stocking essential commodities for a week which has led to shortage of goods in some pockets.
Potato, onion and other essential commodities prices have skyrocketed in the past two days. Potato was being sold at Rs 10 but after the scare of FANI gripped the State the tuber has hit Rs 20 per kg.
People are making sure they are covering their bases by panicking but they are buying stuff they probably will not end up using, a purchaser said.
“Enough stock is there in the godown which will be adequate in case of an exigency. But the manner in which people are panicking, truckloads of vegetables are vanishing in an hour. This should be avoided. People should stock essentials for two to three days and not for a week,” a vegetable vendor at Unit I daily Haat said.
As people are buying extra provisions in view of the cyclone, some unscrupulous traders are hoarding essential items to take advantage of the situation, thereby creating an artificial shortage.
Items like potatoes, onions, ‘atta’, ‘suji’, flattened rice, sugar, biscuits, matchboxes and candles are being sold at a high price in the market. Similarly, the prices of vegetables like pumpkin, papaya, brinjal and tomatoes have shot up.
“For someone like me who has a big family, it is a normal to stock-up the essentials. I am concerned about the unavailability. What if the shops remain shut for long,” a denizen at the same Haat said.