KARACHI - The complete impact of a substantial cut in domestic oil prices is yet to be seen in the prices of utility commodities in city. The sugar, flour and ghee/cooking oil prices had yet not receded to a reasonable level mainly because of the manipulation of the market forces. The retailers claimed that the 'chakki atta' was being sold at Rs36-per kg and above this retail price in city. The retailers were purchasing the 'chakki' flour at Rs35-per kg and selling it at Rs36-per kg to consumers, a retailer said. Meanwhile, consumers contradicted the claims of retailers and said the prices of 'chakki atta' were even higher and the flour was being sold at Rs38-per kg and above this level in the provincial capital. The consumers also complained about the inferior quality flour being sold by some small grinding mills. A representative of Karachi Retailers Market Association while talking to The Nation said that a marginal decline has been observed in the prices of flour, sugar, ghee/cooking oil, but this decline was far less than the impact of reduction in the fuel and palm oil prices in global markets. He claimed that the retail price of 'chakki atta' flour has decreased to Rs36-per kg during last week while it was being sold at Rs38-per kg till November. Meanwhile, the wheat prices have also come down to Rs2700/-per 100kg form earlier prices of Rs2850/-per 100kg in open market in city, another market sources said and added that abundant availability of the commodity in market has resulted in decline in its price. The easy transportation of wheat from Punjab was also another reason of decline in the price of flour, he said, adding though the government has not lifted ban imposed on the inter-provincial movement of wheat, the traders have managed supply of wheat from Punjab, he maintained. At least 15 to 20 vehicles carrying wheat have entered Karachi from Punjab, he said and added that a ship carrying 25 thousand tons imported wheat is also reaching Karachi port within two days. Besides, the retail prices of white sweetener have declined to Rs34/-per kg in the metropolis due to the start of crushing season, said the retailers. They recalled that before the start of new crushing season, the sugar prices remained high and reached Rs38-per kg in November this year. The distributors and sugar mills were selling the sugar at Rs31-per kg. The analysts said that the prices of food commodities have declined in international markets but the consumers in the country had yet not taken this benefit. They said that the government authorities should make serious efforts to provide relief to the consumers in the backdrop of declining prices of commodities in the world markets.