Kolkata: The price may remain high in all city markets till mid next week because of the break in supply chain due to the bi-weekly lockdown. “After the long harsh shutdown, we just started gaining momentum when these bi-weekly restrictions changed things. This will affect us badly. Apart from hitting the business hard, the supply chain, too, is getting battered,” said SS Hogg Market Traders Association joint secretary Uday Sahu.
The price of fish coming in from other states will remain especially high because they will not start rolling in before Monday. Fearing they will not get offloaded at wholesale markets because of staff crunch, transports carrying fish and prawns have not rolled in to the city.
Vegetable sellers in almost every market said that no matter what the state tries through its own supply lines, the price of potatoes will not be controlled. “How will the government feed such a huge market? The staggered lockdown announcement saw the price of potatoes jump Rs 5 every kilo now,” said Tarun Dey, a vegetable seller at Manicktala Market.
Onions have also started rotting because of the breaks in between and lack of storage facilities. Hence, the storages have released these into the market to clear up stocks.