Acute shortage of vegetables, meat and chicken in Valley

Srinagar :People in the Kashmir valley are facing acute shortage of essentials, particularly fresh vegetables, meat and chicken following closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway for the past seven days due to landslides.

However, at some places vegetables, chicken and meat were being sold at higher rates.

 A UNI correspondent who visited almost entire summer capital, Srinagar, today saw majority vegetable, meat and chicken shops closed.

However, local “Hak” and “Palak” were available though at very higher rates. Besides onion and potato were also available in the market.

We have not received any supply for the past more than a week, said the wholesale traders at main mandi in the city outskirts.

Our trucks carrying vegetables are stranded at different places on other side of the Ramban besides at Udhampur and Jammu because of closure of the highway, they said adding since vegetable is a perishable items we have suffered huge losses.

The mandi remained flooded with trucks carrying vegetables and fruits from different northern states, said a wholesale dealer Abdul Majeed. However, for the past more than a week it presented a deserted look though some load carriers are arriving in the morning with a hope to get vegetables.

Similar situation was witnessed at other places where small seller are selling vegetables in the morning, including at Batmaloo, Hari Singh High Street, Dalgate, Rambagh, Mehraj Bazar, Chattabal and Dal Lake.

All meat and chicken shops are closed as the supply from  outside has stopped due to closure of the highway, the only road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.

However, in some areas chicken was being sold at Rs 150 to Rs 160 per kg which was just Rs 100 to Rs 110 before the closure of the highway.

We have kept these chicken for marriage season but we have to sold them since no supply is received from outside, a chicken seller at Barzaulla said.

My three truck loaded with chicken are stranded on the highway, he said.

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