Tomato prices in India have soared to unprecedented levels, causing significant financial strain on citizens across the country. In some cities, the cost of this essential vegetable has skyrocketed to over ₹150 per kg, more expensive than a litre of petrol.
The exorbitant prices have sparked concerns among the public, while the government maintains that this surge is a seasonal occurrence and will subside within the next 15 days. However, reports indicate that tomatoes are currently being sold at an astonishing ₹160 per kilogram in Visakhapatnam, the highest in the country.
A closer look at tomato prices in various cities reveals the extent of this issue.
In Bengal’s Siliguri, the price stands at ₹155 per kilogram, while Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh witnesses rates of ₹150. Delhi and Kolkata face prices of ₹110 and ₹148 respectively. Chennai and Mumbai seem to have slightly lower prices at ₹60 per kg (through fair price shops) and ₹58 per kg respectively. Tomato prices had crossed ₹100 in Bengaluru just a week ago.
The burden of these soaring prices is taking a toll on the average Indian citizen. An individual interviewed by ANI expressed their frustration, stating, “The price of vegetables has increased a lot. Tomatoes are being sold at ₹150 per kg. Customers are facing a lot of problems due to the price hike. I request the government to intervene and regularize the vegetable prices.”