New Delhi market vexed by shortage of green vegetables

The availability of green vegetables at New Delhi’s Azadpur auction yard may see a deficit of up to 30% with the Sonipat district administration in Haryana imposing restrictions on the trade of kitchen staples with Delhi. Traders now fear that the supply may further deteriorate if the Haryana government restricts the entry of commercial vehicles into Delhi from its border points.

Delhi is largely dependent on the supply of fruits and vegetables from various towns of Haryana besides Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Surrounded by Haryana from three sides — west, north and south, Delhi will also not get supplies from many other states if Haryana imposes the restriction.

A senior Delhi government official, however, said the vehicles carrying essential commodities did not face any inconvenience on Monday and the supply of vegetables and fruits was normal except for the green vegetables from Sonipat.

An aide of development minister Gopal Rai said: "The restriction on the supply from Sonipat may not have much impact, but we will take necessary steps to ensure that Delhi does not face shortage of essential commodities Azadpur Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Adil Ahmad Khan said: "The impact will be known in a day or two and there may be shortfall of 25-30% in arrival of some green   vegetables."

With more than 11 traders infected by the virus, fear loomed large on the mandi on Tuesday and several shops remained closed. But local traders visited the mandi as usual, an official claimed. "More than 2,500 vehicles picked up supplies today. There is no shortage in local markets," he told

Traders, however, reiterated their demand for shifting the mandi to an open area. "There are 20 positive cases and one death. The mandi should be declared a containment zone," demanded APMC member Anil Malhotra. "What is the government waiting for? It should be locked down and shifted to an open area. Labourers should also be tested," he added.

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