The additional duty levied on petrol and diesel by the Union and the state government on July 5 is proving hard to digest for people. The increase in petrol and diesel prices by Rs 4.44 in one go has impacted everything — from morning snacks and tea to grocery to transportation, but the most palpable impact has been on the prices of vegetables and fruits. Vegetables and fruits selling at Rs 20 till the beginning of the month are now selling in the range of Rs 60 to Rs 80. Let alone pomegranate and apple, which are selling for Rs 150 to Rs 200 per kg, seasonal fruits like black berry (jamun) is selling at Rs 150 per kg.
However, vegetable whole-sellers said that the steep hike in prices of vegetables and fruits is not only due to rise in fuel prices, but also because of a spell of excessive rain earlier this month, which damaged crops of local vegetables badly. Read More