Dipti Ranjan Das

Bhubaneswar: Vegetable prices have gone up once again in Twin City of Odisha-- Cuttack and Bhubaneswar-- leaving the common man dejected and fuming.

As if the steep rise in the prices of onion was not enough, people are now worried about the exponential increase in their household expenses following the unprecedented rise in the price of vegetables.

According to reports, prices of almost all vegetables are hovering between Rs 50 and Rs 90 per kg. Similarly, the cost of kitchen essentials like onion is also skyrocketing. Soaring prices of onions in market has burned holes in the pockets of consumers.

The retail vendors attribute the surge in the prices to the reduction in supply. The spike in wholesale prices meanwhile has also led to a rise in retail prices of the vegetable, they say.

Here are the market prices of some of the most essential vegetables :

Onion: Rs 70/kg

Bitter gourd: Rs 70/kg

Beans: Rs 70/kg

Brinjal: Rs 60/kg

Pointed Gourd: Rs 60/kg

Lady Finger: Rs 60/kg

Cauliflower: Rs 50/kg

Tomato: Rs 40/kg

Bijay Kumar Swain, a consumer, said earlier he used to buy 5 kg of potato and 2 kg onion for his family every week. Owing to the price rise, he now buys 3 kg potato and one kg onion per week.

"Food bill has substantially increased in families, forcing us to compromise on other expenses. Given the present inflationary situation on account of the pandemic, the rise in vegetable prices is bound to hit every household hard," he said.

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