Onion prices will come down soon, says Sheila Dikshit


New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Thursday said the prices of onion will come down soon following a series of measures taken by the central and the city governments.

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“Both the central and Delhi governments have taken a series of measures and the impact has been seen in the wholesale market. We hope the prices will come down very soon,” Dikshit told reporters here.

A crackdown on hoarders and black marketers of onions was launched at the Azadpur wholesale market here Wednesday, resulting in a fall in the price of the bulb in wholesale markets.

The onion prices have in recent days soared to Rs.70-80 per kg in retail markets following shortage of the commodity.

According to the chief minister, about 40 to 60 trucks from Nashik, a major onion producing region of Maharshtra, will reach Delhi within two to three days to bridge the gap. The Delhi government was in constant touch with the central consumer affairs ministry on the issue.

She admitted the stocks had fallen this year as compared to last year. “There has been a decrease in the stocks but the population of the city has also increased,” she said.

On plans to sell the bulb through the Delhi government outlets, the chief minister said: “First we will observe the arrangements that we are making now to deal with the situation, and if the need arises, we’ll also open such centres.”