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Sunny days in store for Erragadda rythu bazaar

Cement roads to be laid for the model rythu bazaar


Adequate supplies of vegetables have kept the prices under check during the season

Onion supply, which created panic a couple of months ago, is comfortable


— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Set for a face-lift: Farmers selling their produce at the Erragadda rythu bazaar.

HYDERABAD: After having provided new scales to almost 200 vendors, the model rythu bazaar at Erragadda looks forward to improving some basic amenities, including laying of cement roads and repairs inside the stalls.

The rythu bazaar, which is thronged by people from nearby colonies for fresh vegetables, ends up in a mess when it rains due to lack of proper carpeting inside it. “It turns into a mud pool causing inconvenience to customers during rains. A proposal to lay CC carpeting is under consideration,” says a staffer. Some stalls have the problem of tiles coming off needing repairs and replacement.

There have been complaints of scales having gone wrong sometime back and 200 new ones have been brought in to replace the old ones. The vendors who have identity cards have to deposit the same with the rythu bazaar in the morning to take the scales and return them after their business hours to claim back their cards. Presently, 400 scales, including 200 old ones, are provided to the vendors.

Another problem faced by the vendors is the cut in bus services from some points such as Ontimamidi and some parts of Shankerpally mandal.

The farmers bring their produce each morning from different places of Ranga Reddy and Medak districts and after winding up return in the same buses. Restoring the fleet and even adding a few more buses to places such as Keshavpur, Gajwel, Toopran, Lakshmapur will help the vendors, it is pointed out.

Meanwhile, adequate supplies of vegetables has kept the prices under check during the season. “Tomato is sold for Rs.4 per kg and potato in a price range of Rs.6 to Rs.8,” say market staff. Each day, around 100 quintals each of tomato and potato arrive at the bazaar.

The onion supply, which created panic a couple of months ago, too has come to a more comfortable situation and is being offered here for Rs. 9 per kg.

Sometime back, there were long queues for onion at all the markets and its price crossed the Rs.30 per kg mark. “We are receiving around 90 quintals of onion each day and prices are stable here,” the staff maintain.

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