Srinagar, Oct 5: As the recent floods hit 'Eid shopping' in Kashmir the flood submerged garments, shoes and other items were put on sale at city centre Lal Chowk.
Hundreds of people thronged Lal Chowk on Eid eve to buy the garments which were submerged in flood waters and traders after getting these washed had made these available for people at cheaper rates.
The range varied between Rs 100 to Rs 350 while their actual values in shops could have been around Rs 1200 to Rs 2300.
The best part of story is that customers were told clearly that these items were submerged in floods. "This shoe pair is from the reputed company. I always wished to have it but could not afford as its value on shops was Rs 2800. Here, I got it just for Rs 300," said Adil of Athwajan area. He added that he was feeling bad about the situation that arisen due to recent floods in the Valley. "Sincerely speaking, I admit that I am not happy with getting this shoe pair I had always wished for. The situation in Valley is grim as our thousands of families have been rendered homeless in floods this year," he said.
While this reporter was walking near Clock Tower, one of the bike riders asked: "Can you tell me please where the flood hit carpets are on sale?" The rider visibly looked to have arrived in the market just to purchase these carpets as he added: "I heard that these carpets are being sold on much lower rates."
Garments especially shirts and T shirts had a good number of takers.
The flood affected shirts were on sale at various places at commercial hub Lal Chowk. "No, I am not here to purchase these submerged shirts. However, I am just having look on them as there is no market or alternative to have shopping at," said Inam, a youth from Bemina.
One of the senior citizens Ghulam Muhammad of Nishat here who was with his baby grandson at HSHS said: "Our family did not do any shopping on this Eid. However, children cannot be denied happiness they demand. I am looking for the dress for my grandson who has been waiting for Eid for past 15 days," he said.
"We have to serve delicious flood to children and give them good clothes to wear. That is what makes them to feel celebrations of Eid. However, I also express sympathy and solidarity to the families who were rendered homeless in recent floods. I wish to bring their children to my residence and share the Eid celebrations with them," he added.