Hundreds of shoppers thronged Sunday Market here today. The market witnessed increase in the rush— both of shoppers and sellers— as compared to past Sundays.
The shoppers' movement forced the private vehicles to take alternative routes from TRC to Polo View as the road was dotted with makeshift stalls on the pavements.
The vendors said it was a "good day" in items of earnings. "The shoppers start thronging the market from 8 AM. The rush increased manifold by 10 AM. It looks as if it is Arfa today," Muhammad Altaf, a tea stall owner in the market said.
Unlike in the past, there were many stalls selling dry and fresh fruit in this market. "As it is complete shutdown for past over 100 days, I was running out of money. So I today came here to sell nuts," Abdul Gaffar who had come from Pulwama said.
He said that by noon he had sold more than half of his stock. "I think, by evening I would vend the entire stock," he said.
Some vendors were selling poultry in the load carrier. "I had brought 250 birds for sale. Now only 30 to 40 are there. I think by afternoon I would sell all the birds. If possible, I may call my brother to send more birds," said Naseer Ahmad.
The weekly market stretches from Tourist Reception Center (TRC) to Polo View area, a distance of half a kilometre. However, today it spread from Polo View to JK Bank Corporate Headquarters, Dalgate, here.
"Hundreds of street vendors had arrived early morning today to get space. I didn't find any space so preferred to set up a stall at an extended stretch of the market," said Maqsood Ahmad, who had set up his stall at Dalgate.
The shoppers said that winter collections, especially for kids wear were in great demand.
"Usually, people would throng this market to look for second hand clothes, blankets and some kitchen wear items. Now we can see more products here," a customer said.
Pertinently, on October 2, the weekly flea market had opened partially when it was the 86th consecutive day of shutdown. Few shoppers had visited the market.
There was some increase in the rush on October 9 which further increased on October 16.