Hyderabad: In order to provide vegetables at the doorstep that too at prices fixed by the State government, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), in coordination with Agriculture and Marketing departments, has set up 177 mobile rythu bazaars at various locations in the city.
The mobile rythu bazars will move around 331 locations, including gated communities, apartments and colonies at designated timings.
The agriculture department will coordinate with farmers while the marketing department will fix the prices and provide transportation to all 150 divisions in Hyderabad with the help of civic body.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Mayor Bonthu Rammohan said that vegetables with reach the city at four centralised Distribution Centres (DC) like Shameerpet and LB Nagar, from where the vegetables will be further distributed to 150 wards at designated timing and places.
Rammohan said that it would not only streamline vegetable prices but also avoid huge crowds at the markets. Covid 19 guidelines mandate social distancing.
He said each DC can handle around 27,000 metric tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables and there will be no question of any shortage. This concept will function like Mana Ooru Mana Kuragayalu launched by the Telangana government six years ago.
He appealed to the citizens not to fall prey to black-marketers and hoarders, who are selling essential commodities at exorbitant prices during the lockdown period.
The Mayor stressed that people can immediately complain to the local police if vendors hike prices and warned of stringent action against those found guilty of selling at higher prices.