The indefinite strike by the truckers belonging to South India Motor Transport Association (SIMTA) entered its fourth consecutive day on Sunday. And with this, the vegetables prices in most of the southern cities have skyrocketed, even recording a 100% increase at some places.
According to GR Shanmugappa, President of SIMTA, nearly 30 lakh trucks are staying off the roads. The strike that began following the Centre’s decision to increase third party insurance premium by 50%, has now begun to burn a hole in the common man’s pocket.
Though the prices of vegetables in Hyderabad is stable as on Sunday, vendors, however, warn that come Monday, the cost is expected to increase.
“For now, we have enough stock in the market, but the situation will change by tomorrow. The prices will increase by Rs 8- Rs 15. Today, the tomato rates are Rs 18 per kg, but tomorrow we are expecting that it will go up to 30,” said Balu, a vegetable vendor in BS Makhta in Hyderabad.
The Rythu Bazaar in Kukatpally also expects vegetable prices to shoot up over the week. “Right now the rates are normal, but if the strike doesn’t stop it will hike the price of vegetables. However, chilli prices have come down over the past few days,” noted Bakka Reddy, who works at Kukatpally Rythu Bazaar.