Kashmir markets abuzz ahead of Eid

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Oct 25: Ahead of Eid-ul-Adha (festival of sacrifice), markets across Kashmir wore a festive look on Thursday.
People in large numbers made it to Srinagar markets from early morning, making purchase of a wide range of items including bakery, sweets, essential commodities, grocery and kids wear. The shoppers, however, complained of “arbitrary hike” in the prices of different commodities. They accused the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department of overlooking the problem.
“No shopkeeper is following the approved rate list,” said Abdul Majeed, a shopper from Soura. “There is no check on the arbitrary hike in prices of commodities. The Government is making false claims on the issue every year.”
The shopping spree caused traffic jam in the Central Business District extending from Dalgate to Batamaloo here. Queues of vehicles were seen along the busy Residency and Moulana Azad roads, trying to make a forward movement.
The traffic jam occurred despite the Traffic Department’s “strategy” to regulate the flow of vehicles in and around the city. The cops did not allow commercial vehicles to ply on Residency Road from Radio Kashmir crossing to Hari Singh High Street on one side and along the Moulana Azad road from SRTC Crossing to Jehangir Chowk on the other, except the emergency and on-duty vehicles.
Queues of customers were seen outside the Automated Teller Machines in different parts of the city while banks also witnessed a huge rush of customers.
In Eidgah area of Old Srinagar, scores of people were seen busy buying sacrificial animals. “Markets are flooded with sacrificial animals and there is no shortage of animals. We are expecting that more than 2 lakh sacrificial animals would be sold in different places across the state ahead of Eid,” said Mehraj Ganai, President of the Wholesale Mutton Dealers Association.
The Director CA&PD Mir Mushtaq said they have decontrolled the price of sacrificial animals.”
“Keeping in view the good response to decontrolling last year, we followed the trend this year too. After meeting the civil society members, we decided to continue with decontrolling the prices of animals on Eid,” he told Greater Kashmir. “This year we have not set any fixed price for sacrificial animals and it is up to the buyer and seller to do the best deal.”
The markets in Old Srinagar also witnessed a huge rush of shoppers.
Jamia Market in Old City witnessed a huge of customers. Traders there said the market has “these days become a favorite shopping destination for the Valleyties.”
According to Imtiyaz Ahmad, owner of a fabric shop at Jamia Market, sweaters and warm uppers are selling like hot cakes in view of the onset of winter.
Meanwhile there were complaints of shopkeepers resorting to “arbitrary hike” in prices of essential commodities.
Reports from other districts of Kashmir said the markets witnessed huge rush of shoppers. These included the markets of Baramulla, Ganderbal, Handwara, Kupwara, Anantnag (Islamabad), Bandipora, Budgam and others.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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