Onion prices skyrocket again, touch Rs 150/kg

At some places in Mumbai, one kg of onion is available at ₹120 whereas in some markets, people are forced to pay ₹150 for a kg of onions

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The onion prices have been facing a steady surge since the last few days owing to various reasons. Of which, the untimely rainfall throughout the state is the major one. As the crops have been damaged due to the rains, the supply of the staple crop has been adversely affected and as a result, the price of a kilogram of onion has escalated up to ₹150.

At some places in Mumbai, one kg of onion is available at ₹120 whereas, in some markets, people are forced to pay ₹150 for a kg of onions. Another reason for this surge is being attributed to the delay in the arrival of the onions from Turkey.

In September, one kg onion cost ₹40-₹50 but as the month passed, the prices crossed ₹60-mark. After that, it was a disastrous journey for onion prices as it continued to touch new heights. By the end of the first week of November, the prices had touched ₹80 per kg and by the time December started, it had already crossed ₹100-mark.

On a daily basis, 60-70 trucks arrive in Mumbai at the Vashi Market but due to the lack of sufficient stock, several of these trucks are empty. Several restaurants have stopped serving onion as accompaniment or salad. There are also reports that suggest that onion bhujiya is now off the streets of Mumbai. 

While the goverment had taken some steps to curb the surging prices, but it seems that it is now time for some immediate action. 

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