People in large numbers Monday thronged different markets across Kashmir to make purchases ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, which is like to be celebrated on Wednesday or Thursday. A huge rush was seen at mutton shops and bakery outlets throughout the day. The rush also led to massive traffic jams causing inconvenience to commuters.
Markets across Srinagar and other districts of the Valley were abuzz with shopping activity. Apart from food items, readymade garments, toys and household goods are also in huge demand this Eid.
While readymade and footwear showrooms witnessed customers especially females in large numbers, shoppers bee lined mutton shops and bakery outlets as well. Popular markets such as Maharaja Bazar, Goni Khan, Batamaloo, Lal Chowk in uptown Srinagar and Maharaj Gunj, Nowhatta Jamia Market at the Downtown witnessed huge rush of people.
Bakery outlets made hay as people purchased different bakery items from even shops who had also pitched make-shift tents to accommodate the rush.
Despite fasting for Ramadhan, people visited markets to buy goods which are most popular on Eid. The respite from the heat on Monday due to rains also encouraged shoppers to move out in the markets. Right since morning people visited showrooms and vendors to make purchases but the rush increased during afternoon. While people made purchases from showrooms in the city-centre markets of the summer capital, vendors who had set up their kiosks on arterial roads such as between TRC Junction to Hari Singh High Street and even Batamaloo did brisk business.
People purchased clothes, toys, household goods and even electronic accessories from the hawkers but also complained that presence of roadside vendors was a main reason for the massive traffic jams.
Such was the brisk footfall at the bakery outlets that by the end of the day, many of them had run out of stocks. Several bakery outlets have provided the option of pre-booking the orders while some are even offering free home delivery. Amid huge rush shoppers complained of overpricing of goods especially food items. They said authorities were not monitoring prices neither taking action against profiteers. “Instead of providing festive discounts, shopkeepers are indulging in open loot and authorities are giving them a free hand,” said Bilal Ahmad, a shopper. Purchase of home furnishing and home decoration products ahead of forthcoming Eid is also a common sight. “Products such as dry fruit bowls, paintings, wall art , flower vases are among the popular goods,” said a vendor Farooq Ahmad.
Ahead of Eid, furnishing shops are also witnessing considerable footfall. “Since there is a drop in sales during Ramadhan, a boom in purchase of home furnishing is witnessed just ahead of Eid every year,” said owner of a furnishing showroom. Meanwhile, popular selling product ahead of Eid is mobile phones, especially touch screen smart phones.