NEW DELHI, 25 July-2014: Potato and onion prices were the highest in Gurgaon among all Indian cities in the week that ended this Wednesday. Tomatoes in the city, too, were among the costliest in the country, selling at Rs 80/kg, second only to Indore (Rs 85/kg). The price of tomatoes in Gurgaon registered a whopping Rs 68 increase per kg between July 9 and July 23.
Having the third highest per capita income at Rs 1.22 lakh after Chandigarh and Mumbai, Gurgaon has seen a huge migration of rich and upper-middle class in the last decade and a half. The city has become the capital of the software and BPO industry in north India and is the workplace of the Fortune500 companies.
According to government data, the price rise has been exceptionally high for all three key kitchen staples in the city that has witnessed opening of top-class supermarket chains. Though Indore in Madhya Pradesh recorded the highest tomato price during this phase, the increase was by Rs 55/kg, less than Gurgaon’s Rs 68/kg. “We are trying to understand why the prices spiralled so much in Gurgaon in comparison with prices in Delhi and other cities in the National Capital Region,” said a central government official.
Onion prices cooled down across several cities marginally, among them Mumbai, Ludhiana and Vishakhapatnam. But it increased by Rs 10 per kg in Gurgaon, Dehradun and Jabalpur during the same period. Prices generally remain higher in cities in the Northeast and Port Blair.
It’s possible that the prices are a reflection of the city’s lifestyle. “The prices are usually high in this part where people buy vegetables and fruits without even asking for the price. Life in Gurgaon is very expensive in comparison with other NCR cities,” said Sudhir Kapoor, a resident of DLF-II.
But people living on the other side of expressway, known as old Gurgaon, also said prices are high even in the oldest mandi. “Tomato costs between Rs 60 and Rs 80 depending on the quality,” said Usha Yadav, a home-maker. Retailers, however, said prices had gone up due to supply shortage. No fresh tomato is coming from other parts of.
The city is also dependent on fresh produce from Himachal Pradesh.