LAHORE - Fruits and vegetable vendors in Sunday bazaars of the provincial capital continued overcharge the visitors, as authorities concerned are not taking appropriate measures to check the prices.

The concerned authorities have done little to regularize the prices of vegetables and fruits in the markets giving a free hand to the vendors to fleece the consumers, the visitors said. They said that in various Sunday bazaars vendors have set up stalls and selling vegetables at exorbitant rates.

According to rates displayed in one of the major Sunday bazaars of Shadman Colony, prices of tomatoes were fixed at Rs40 per kg but the item was selling at Rs80-80 per kg, onion was fixed at Rs31 per kg but only low quality onions were available in makeshift markets. Only a couple of stalls were offering potato but not at officials rate.

Mango rate was fixed at Rs50 per kg, while the vendors were selling these at an exorbitant price of Rs70-80 per kg.

Apples were fixed at Rs60 per kg, banana Rs60 per dozen and peach Rs60 per kg but vendors in various makeshift markets were selling apples at Rs100 per kg, banana Rs80 to 100 per dozen and peach at Rs120 per kg.

Shoppers said that the price lists issued by the local administration seems a showpiece in the shops.  The retailers, particularly of fruits and vegetables, continued to fleece the consumers despite tall claims of the authorities concerned to control price hike.