New Delhi, Jan 17 (Agencies): With no respite from escalating onion prices, consumers will have to now bear price rise of tomatoes which continues to rule high at Rs 60 per kg in the national capital due to supply crunch and export from Pakistan.

Tomato retail price which had zoomed to Rs 70-80 a kg in retail on Saturday last saw a marginal slide on Monday at Rs 60/kg, traders said.

The wholesale price of the veggie is Rs 15-30/kg in Azadpur (Asia's biggest wholesale fruits & vegetables market) on Monday, General Secretary Tomato Merchants Association Subhash Chuk said.

The wholesale price is continuing at this level for around last one week, he added.

Other metros too are not being spared.

Tomato is costing Rs 50 per kg in Mumbai in retail while it stood at Rs 35 per kg in Kolkata and Rs 40 per kg in Chennai, traders said.

Besides, even amid restricted arrival of the crop, traders in the national capital are sending about half of the quantity (they are acquiring) for export to Pakistan.

"Out of a total of 20-30 trucks of tomato (each carrying 10 tonnes) arriving in Azadpur daily, almost 10-15 vehicles are dispatched to Pakistan through Attari-Wagah border everyday," Chuk said.

Vice President of Amritsar Exporters Association Rajendra Singh Uppal said that almost 30-35 trucks load of tomato are going to Pakistan through Attari-Wagah border daily nowdays.

The volume of trucks has come down recently from 100 trucks of tomatoes a fortnight ago, Uppal added.

This is due to expected rise in temperature as a result of easing of winter in these regions.