LAHORE: A price hike in the Sunday Bazaars just two days before Eidul Azha has affected both vegetable vendors and customers. Customers blame the vendors for the rise in prices while the vendors point their fingers at the wholesale market.
The Sunday Bazaar administration could not help the customers being overcharged, The Express Tribune learnt. Vender Ibrahim accused Sunday Bazaar vice chairman, Malik Imran Khokhar, of taking vegetables without paying for them. He said that when he asked Khokhar to pay up, he abused and threatened him. He said that this was not an isolated incident; rather other vendors had also experienced blackmail at the hands of Sunday Bazaar officials. He said he had to raise his prices after such incidents to make up for the losses he has incurred. Nasir Iqbal, a customer, said that he had to search for better quality vegetables at the Sunday Bazaar. He said the vendors were charging the same price for good and substandard quality products. Customer Ambreen Khalid said that she had come to the Bazaar to buy onions, ginger, garlic and coriander for cooking on Eid but could not buy anything because of the high prices and poor quality. She said prices were higher than last Sunday. The Green Town Sunday Bazaar Price Control Committee in-charge said that despite all the efforts customers could not get relief as they are forced to buy low quality produce at higher rates. He said vendors were raising their rates because of Eid. He said that he had heard many complaints about price and quality during his visit to the Sunday Bazaar.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2010.
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