Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Those of you losing sleep about possible rise in prices of vegetables due to transport strike, the good news is that the prices on day two of the strike have remained steady.

There is a chance of a marginal increase only if the strike continues for more days.

Prices of tomato, green chilli, filled gourd and potato have increased by Rs.1 to Rs. 3 a kg, while the prices of other vegetables have remained the same at the rythu bazaar in Pattabhipuram.

“We rushed to the rythu bazaar anticipating a steep increase in price as speculated by some media channels, but we are relieved that there is only a marginal increase in prices. But I am not going to take chances and would like to keep some stocks ready,” said K. Sankar Rao, a retired employee from Shyamala Nagar. “The reason is most of the vegetables and leafy vegetables are being grown locally in areas like Bapatla, Sattenapalli, Pottur and they could be easily transported using local buses and auto-rickshaws. We have to wait and see if the price of tomato rises as these are being transported from Chittor district,” says Estate Officer Hameed Khan.

The strike had however a cascading effect on prices of edible oils and dal.

The price of palm oil has increased by Rs.2 from Rs. 58 a kg, groundnut oil is priced at Rs.75 and refined oil is priced at Rs.78. The price of red gram increased to Rs.39, while the prices of black gram and bengal gram increased by Rs.2 and Rs.5 to be priced at Rs.39 and Rs.48.