**Bhubaneswar:** Prices of vegetables, including essential items like potato and onion have skyrocketed and have gone beyond the reach of the common man in the city.
Prices of potato touched Rs 20-22 per kg against Rs 15 per kg a month ago while onion price rose to Rs 18 per kg in the Capital City.
“We want the government should take steps in reducing the prices of potato and onion as these are very essential items for us,” said Sandhyarani Jena, a housewife.
Echoing the same, another consumer Ashok Jenamani said, “A month ago, potato price was Rs 15 and now it is Rs 22 but we are bound to purchase as these are very essential commodities.”
When we asked to some sellers in the market to know the reason behind the price hike, they said rise in the cost of wholesale price has lead to the surge in prices of these essential commodities.
“Price of potato, a month ago, was Rs 15 per kg and Rs 18, a week ago, respectively. The selling price depends upon the cost price, if we are buying it at Rs 18 then we are bound to sell it at Rs 20 per kg or Rs 22,” said Pradip Samantray, a shopkeeper in the Unit-IV market here.
Besides potatoes and onions, prices of other vegetables such as tomatoes, lady fingers and cauliflowers are also being sold at above Rs 40 per kg at retail markets.
Good quality and local varieties of brinjal were available at a maximum price of Rs 20 a kg till a couple of days back. But the price of the popular vegetable has almost doubled.