Shimla: Himachal Pradesh floriculturists were taken for a royal ride when their hopes for a roaring business during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi were shattered as the projected demand of flowers worth Rs. 30 crore proved to be wide off the mark, as per media reports.
“We did not receive any order for flowers during the Games and even the normal business was not there. Our suppliers, especially from Himachal Pradesh frantically asked for orders but there was none and they were deeply disappointed,” Kailash, working in a leading Delhi flower supplier, said.
The growers were wrongly informed and they produced flowers in bulk. As there was no demand, a bunch of carnation or lilium which fetched between Rs. 60 to 70 during normal season were sold for Rs. 20 to 25, he added.
“We have suffered huge losses during the Commonwealth Games as the Aarthis in Delhi flatly told there is no demand and when we reminded them that the government had pegged the demand of Himachal flowers at Rs. 30 crore, they asked us to go to the government,” Vinod, a floriculturist from Sadhupul in Solan district said.
“The government assessed and projected the demand at Rs30 crore but as far as I know the demand for Himachal flowers during the CWG was not even worth Rs. 3 lakh,” said a grower, whose produced perished as he did not send it Delhi for the reason that the cost of transportation was more than the returns.
Director, horticulture said that he did not have any such information and he would gather information regarding sale of flowers and market trend during the Games.
The government had earlier stated that the Central PWD, Delhi has already placed orders worth Rs. 30 crore with the state for supplying flowers during the Games.