LAHORE – The situation of majority of Sunday bazaars is worsening as several varieties of vegetables were not available there while the administration was unable to ensure their smooth supply.

Visitors of Sunday bazaars complained that price control mechanism was not being implemented properly. It was a regular phenomenon that prices were different in different bazaars.

They said rotten and low grade items were sold at Wahdat Road, Islampura and Shadman makeshift markets. The administrative staff was also missing in these bazaars in the afternoon and their absence had given a free hand to the vendors to overcharge the customers.

They were of the view that despite the efforts the government Market Committee was unable to control issue of wrongly fixing prices of fruits and vegetables and overcharging at various makeshift bazaars.

The rates of some essential food items surprisingly started increasing while seasonal productions are at its peak. Vendors in Sunday bazaars said that they purchased vegetables at higher rates from Mandi despite no supply shortage, as weather is good for picking the vegetables from the fields.

Overcharging incidents were witnessed in the makeshift markets, and in some cases the vendors overcharged the customers more than 100 per cent than the officially fixed rates.

In Sunday bazaars, the official price of cabbage rate was fixed at Rs15 per kg and sold at Rs22 per kg. Cauliflower rate was decreased by Rs3 per kg and fixed at Rs10 per kg while sold at Rs20 per kg.

Spinach of farm rate was fixed at Rs8 per kg and sold at Rs20 per kg while spinach desi, rate was fixed at Rs18 per kg with an increase of Rs2 per kg. Brinjal price was stable at Rs18 per kg while sold at Rs22 per kg. Cucumber price was increased by Rs6 per kg and fixed at Rs40 per kg and sold at Rs55 per kg.

Garlic China rate was increased by R4 per kg and fixed at Rs125 per kg while garlic, desi, price was stable at Rs70 per kg and sold at Rs130 per kg. ginger, China, price was raised by Rs5 per kg and fixed at Rs120 per kg and ginger, Thai, rate was increased by Rs10 per kg and fixed at Rs80 per kg but sold at Rs125 per kg.

Rate of potato was stable at Rs18 per kg while onion rate was raised by Rs5 per kg and fixed at Rs26 per kg. Tomato rate was stable at Rs45 per kg but rotten tomatoes were sold at Rs40 per kg.

Pumpkin price was fixed at Rs40 per kg and sold at Rs55 per kg. Peas price was further reduced by Rs3 per kg and fixed at Rs20 per kg. Capsicum price was raised by Rs12 per kg and fixed at Rs52 per kg and sold at Rs70 per kg. Green chilli price was increased by Rs15 per kg and fixed at Rs60 per kg and sold at Rs70 per kg.