"There is no price control on vegetables. Many retail shops have hiked the prices steeply," said Bharati, a housewife.
It is for the administration to keep a watch on the market so that the traders do not exploit the customers, he added.
This comes a day after The Morning Standard published a report stating that prices of onion and potato are going to increase in the national capital.
Prices may be pushed to Rs 45-50 per kg for onion and Rs 50 per kg for potato in days to come
One of the reasons is that supply of vegetables from Maharashtra and Karnataka have dwindled due to floods and heavy rains out there.
Only eight trucks at Mahadipur land port in Malda district crossed the international border, while 25 at Gojadanga in North 24 Parganas were in the process to go to Bangladesh, they said.
Land ports of Gojadanga and Petrapole in North 24 Parganas District also reported stranded, onion-filled trucks, the officials said.
Protests were reported from Mungse, Pimpalgaon, Nampur and Umrane markets while angry farmers tried to disrupt traffic on the Mumbai-Agra Highway and other stretches.
As per data compiled by the consumers affairs ministry, the average retail price of tomato stood at Rs 50 a kilo in the country on Tuesday, while the maximum price was Rs 100.
In the national capital, onion prices were ruling at around Rs 40 per kilogram. Wholesale price inflation for onion stood at (-) 34.48 per cent in August.
Hyderabad gets most of its onion supplies from the neighbouring districts of Gadwal, Medchal and Shamashabad, as well as from other States.
Around 225 tonnes potato vanished from Kuberapuri, the major vegetable mandi at Aiginia in the city, in a single day on Sunday as panic-stricken people rushed there to procure adequate stock.
All states, he said, have been asked to set up eight times more procurement centres.
With new crop landing in the market in January and prices cooling down, imported onions turned costlier, states have refused to purchase the stock.
Wholesale traders have requested the Union government to lift the ban on export which is in place since last year.