LAHORE - Sunday Bazaars this week were flooded with flour bags as the Punjab government ensured sufficient flour supply in the special bazaars and open market for the sale of essential commodity at the fixed price of Rs 300 per 20-kg bag. For the first time there were no long queues of shoppers witnessed around the flour trucks as the government bridged the supply and demand gap by supplying thousands of flour bags at the Sunday Bazaars, visitors and shoppers said on Sunday. The poor customers lauded the efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sahrif for taking concrete steps to overcome flour shortage in the province during the holy month of Ramazan. At least 14,000 flour bags were supplied in the Sunday Bazaars to ensure sufficient supply this week while the government also brought flour trucks from the other cities to the provincial metropolis to meet the demand, a flour miller said, when contacted. On the other hand, the rates of vegetables and fruits also decreased at the Sunday Bazaars as compared to the previous week as people in great number particularly the salaried class thronged these bazaars to buy essential commodities and other food items in the first week of September. The poor customers were witnessed buying more and more flour bags than other commodity at the Sunday Bazaars, perhaps they think that price of this food staple may shoot up after Ramazan. Though the prices of fruits and vegetables were low at the Sunday Bazaars as compared to the open market, however, low quality fruits and vegetables were sold at all the Sunday Bazaars in the City. The prices of all vegetable items except onion, tomato and potato decreased at the Sunday Bazaars as compared to the previous week. While several Sunday Bazaars witnessed shortage of onion and potato. District Coordination Officer Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta visited various Sunday Bazaars to monitor the availability and prices of essential commodities. According to the officials, the DCO took serious notice of the onion and potato shortage in Green Town Sunday Bazaar and issued show-cause notice to the Town Officer Regulation Arshad Sindhu. The DCO also ordered the authorities to arrest a vendor Mohammad Rauf who was selling dates at Rs 80 per-kg against its fixed price of Rs 50 per-kg. The stalls of several vendors were also cancelled on the charges of overcharging. The DCO also called explanation from the Inspector Market Committee Islampura for sale of onion at inflated rates. The rates of potato (new) remained unchanged and fixed at Rs 24 to Rs 26 per kilogram. However, at most of the Sunday Bazaars B-grade potatoes were sold. The price of onions was fixed at Rs 24 to 28 per-kg. At majority of the Sunday Bazaars the vendors sold B-grade and rotten onions. The price of tomatoes also decreased by Rs 5 per kg and fixed at Rs 26 to Rs 30 per kg as compared to the previous week price of Rs 30 to Rs 30 per kilogram. Sliding trend in the price of Chinese ginger continued. Its rates had further reduced by Rs 2 to Rs 4 per kilogram and fixed at Rs 86 to Rs 88 per kilogram from the last week price of Rs 88 to Rs 92 per kilogram. The price of cucumber gained by Rs 2 to Rs 4 per kilogram and fixed at Rs 22 to Rs 26 per kilogram from the last week price of Rs 18 to Rs 20 per kilogram. The price of ladyfinger reached at Rs 26 to Rs 35 per kilogram while price of bitter gourd increased by Rs 3 per kilogram and was fixed at Rs 14 to Rs 18 per kilogram as compared to the last week price of Rs 11 to Rs 15 per kilogram. The price of green chillies also remained stable and fixed at Rs 18 to Rs 22 per kilogram. The price of dates was fixed at Rs 50 to Rs 60 per-kg while different varieties of mangoes were sold at Rs 60 to Rs 70 per-kg. The price of apple was fixed at 50 Rs 60 per-kg while banana was sold at Rs 50 to Rs 70 per dozens. The shoppers also complained that the vendors were selling B-grade fruits in the bazaars while charging the rate of A-grade. Chicken meat was sold at Rs 130 to Rs 135 per-kg in the Sunday Bazaars.