Prices over the roof in flood-ravaged Srinagar

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Srinagar: With the floods early this month devastating everything in the summer capital, prices of essential commodities is taking toll with the authorities’ inaction on ground acting as a spoilsport.
The residents of various areas in Srinagar while taking jibe at the state government for failing to keep a check over the rising prices of food products said that black marketing is being carried in the markets sans any fear of the consequences.
“We are getting the commodities almost at the double prices and the government is not doing anything to end this growing menace emerged after the recent floods. The coming time is going to be more difficult as the Eid is near,” said Mubeen Ahmad, a resident of Safa Kadal.
Scores of people from various city areas accused the state authorities of being in nexus with the people who are taking commoners on ride. “Everything here is happening under the broad day light. If the government is saying that it cannot keep a check over such violations or it has no information about the same then it means the government is itself in nexus with them,” said another aggrieved victim.
Also reports informed that after the devastating floods struck Kashmir valley including Srinagar, the market process sky rocketed with the government merely taking any action on ground.
“The vegetable prices have shot through the roof. Chicken right now is a cheap option to feed my family,” Lateef Ahmad, Nowhatta resident said.
He added that he had several relatives from flood-hit areas staying with him and he had to look for ways and means to feed them till they are able to go back to their homes.
“It is intrinsic to Kashmiri culture to take care of guests. “If your relatives are in distress, the desire to make their stay all the more comfortable grows exponentially,” Lateef said.

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