The festive season begins amid rising prices and recession. Vishwakarma Puja performed on Monday in Tripura. Ganesh Chaturthi to be celebrated on Tuesday. Some also have Mansa Puja at their homes on Monday.
But from the idol to the fruit market high price is everywhere. Buyers are feeling the heat. Among them, extreme recession is going on in rural Tripura.
“REGA work is not provided for the past three to four months. Workers have forgotten when the last time TUEP work was done in the city. Social pension arrears are there for three to four months. After four months, one month’s pension has been provided in some areas” said Sajal Das a resident of Teliamura.
Usually the festival season begins with Vishwakarma Puja. Shardotsava ends after Diwali. Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra is also being celebrated in Tripura for the past few years. As a result, a few days will be spent in the joy of the festival from Monday.
But the abnormal rise in prices has brought darkness to the lives of common people. The high price of the goods and the Chanda become headache for common people.
Idols are there in Maharajganja bazaar, Battala and many markets around the city are facing loss.
A potter from Melaghar has been sitting with the idol at Battala since Saturday. He said, the price of idol making accessories has almost doubled. Naturally the prices have gone up . And the buyers are turning away if we want a higher price. This time there is not even one third of the sale compared to earlier years.
The same picture is in the fruit market. The prices of imported fruits including apples, grapes, watermelons have increased by 20 to 30 percent compared to the normal period.
“Buyers are taking in less quantity” Said a fruit seller.
Cucumber, sugarcane are all in century house. Only grapefruit is Rs 20 to 25 whole. Shopkeepers charge Rs 80 to 200 for four bananas. As a result, people are not buying them much.
On the other hand, a single banana is selling for Rs 50-60, while twenty Samai banana is selling for Rs 60-80.
Coconut of Kerala is Rs 30 to 35 . If it is local, the price is Rs 50 – 60 to 80 -100. The vegetable market is also on fire. Cabbage is being sold at Rs 70 to 80 per kg. Data is Rs 15-30 . More than Rs150/ kg of small cauliflowers are being sold. Everything from chilies to pumpkins is much more expensive than usual.