Dhaka, Bangladesh
TCB's maiden OMS of onion in port city

TCB's maiden OMS of onion in port city

Chattogram Bureau The state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB), for the first time in Chattogram city, has started open-market sale (OMS) of onion, a key cooking ingredient that has suddenly become costly, at Tk 45 per kg. Each person was allowed to buy one-kg onion at a time at the rate of Tk 45 per kg from the dealer as the rationing began Tuesday. The operation of sale was conducted at six points including Kotwali, Bayezid, Pahartali, Halishahar, Bandar Police Station and Dampara Police Lines. Six trucks each with 1 ton (1000kg) of onion load arrived at the locations in due time in the afternoon. Immediately after a truck arrives, city dwellers begin to throng the spots and queue up to buy the vegetable by turns. Local public representatives, members of law enforcement were present at the spots to ensure smooth rationing of the item. As the curious buyers succeeded in procuring their quantity of onion, their faces beamed with smile. "The quality and price of the onion is fair", a smiling buyer expressed his reaction to this correspondent. Another pedestrian who travelled to city from a far off village of Chandanaish said, "I came to judges court for a case and seeing sale of onion in truck, I also tried to take a chance and succeeded". He seemed to heave a sigh of relief when he observed that he almost forgot to relish the taste of the cooking item for long as the price skyrocketed to Tk 250 a kg and could buy 1-kg of onion after a long time. Earlier, Jamal Uddin Ahmed, zonal chief of TCB told this correspondent that onion would be sold in open trucks at six points in the city.

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