Once Kashmir’s trade epicentre, historic Maharaj Gunj market in ruins
The once bustling market, which used to be the epicentre of trade, is now on the verge of becoming a thing of the past with authorities depriving the old city area of almost every basic essential service including a fire brigade, public transport and a historic dispensary not to talk of developing the place as a heritage market.
Except from changing the name boards on shops and replacing them with a uniform pattern, administration has done nothing to revive this heritage market, claim locals. GK Photo
During its heyday, it used to house the 'stock exchange' of Kashmir, but the historic Maharaj Gunj market in downtown Srinagar could soon fade away from the collective memory of the people, courtesy official apathy.
The once bustling market, which attracted buyers and sellers from every nook and corner of the valley even as far as central Asia, is now perhaps characterized by the crumbling tomb of the 14th century Kashmir king, Budshah's mother nearby and the worn out grave of the king himself and his companions.