City residents thronged vegetable and fruit markets on Vishu eve on Saturday. Prices of vegetables soared as last minute shoppers went about getting items for ‘Vishu kani’ and feast. Long beans were priced as high as Rs.120 a kg in the open market.
The ‘kani konna’ was also in short supply in the city as the golden flowers bloomed early this year. Boys and young men were seen trying to make a quick buck by selling bunches of flowers in the city. A bunch cost anything between Rs.20 and Rs.50.
Sale of firecrackers boomed towards the evening. Several shops sprang up on roadsides and were busy selling sparklers, rockets and other firecrackers to eager customers. Bursting of crackers began at sundown and will continue for the next few days.
Vishu celebrations were dampened for some city residents due to lack of water supply after a pipe burst at Kathrikadavu. Many were left with no water for Vishu day.