Bengaluru: Prices of flowers, fruits soar ahead of festival
By Express News Service | Published: 04th August 2017 10:38 AM |
BENGALURU: The prices of fruits and flowers soared yet again ahead of Varamahalakshmi festival but it did not dampen the festive spirit in the city on Thursday. People gathered in thousands to purchase commodities just before the festival. The rush was followed by traffic jams around major market areas.
A stretch on Malleswaram 8th Cross had bumper-to-bumper traffic with people thronging the market for some last minute shopping.
The price of Shavanti flower doubled on the eve of the festival. Radhika Gowda, a homemaker, complained, “We usually purchase this flower for Rs 150 on non festive days but today it is no less than Rs 250.”Jasmine cost Rs 1,500 a kilo and was being sold at Rs 50 a measure. Lotus was also too expensive for the common man. Nagesh, another customer at the market, said, “Lotus is believed to be auspicious during this festival. It is priced at Rs 150 a pair and is not at all affordable.”
Among fruits, the prices of apples and pomegranate too shot up. While apples were priced at Rs 180 a kilo, pomegranate was priced at Rs 170 a kilo. Grapes were sold at Rs 200 a kilo. Nagamani, a vendor, said, “This is usual. During festivals, the demand is high. Also, due to the rains some fruits have also gotten damaged. Hence the price hikes.”Tomatoes seemed to be the only item whose price reduced. Though its price was sky rocketing a week ago, it dropped to Rs 40 a kilo in Malleswaram.