Berhampur, May 2 (LocalWire): Intermittent rain on Thursday under the impact of cyclone Fani, which is moving towards Odisha coast, triggered panic buying among people in Ganjam district, especially in Silk City.
With the cyclone intensifying into extensive severe storm, people are seen to start preparing for the worst by stocking essential grocery items, vegetables and fuel.
Long queues were witnessed at several filling stations in Berhampur city to stock up fuel. The demand of kerosene, diesel, candles, matchboxes and torches has also shot up, sources said.
Meanwhile, panic buying has led to an artificial scarcity of food items and vegetables in the market. Items like potatoes, onions and other vegetables are sold at higher prices in retail markets in the city.
Rates of potatoes which were selling at Rs 16 per kg in retail market, have gone to Rs 22 to Rs 24 per kg in different areas
of the city, they said.
Similarly the price of onion has also increased from Rs 14 per kg to Rs 20 per kg during the last two days.
Prices of vegetables such as pumpkin, papaya, brinjal and tomatoes have also shot up. Tomato and brinjal are selling at higher prices in the vegetable market.
V V Ram Narasinga Rao, president Ganjam Chamber of Commerce (GCC), a traders’ body, however, refuted allegations of hoarding or any wrong doing on their part as fas prices of various food items are concerned.
District collector Vijay Amruta Kulange held a meeting with the traders on Wednesday and directed them to supply the essential commodities to the consumer without hoarding. All traders have agreed, he said.
‘We are keeping a watch on the situation, while raids were conducted in several places to check hoardings of the essential items” said district civil supply officer (CSO) BC Supakara.