Srinagar, Oct 27 : The famous three km long Sunday market in Srinagar, was abuzz with customers, who had thronged in large numbers to buy warm clothes, including jackets and sweaters, ahead of the winter season.
However, business and other activities, including public transport, remained crippled since August 5 in the city and other parts of the valley after the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 A.
Hundreds of vendors have put up their stalls in the weekly market from Radio Kashmir (RK), Srinagar, crossing to Hari Singh High Streets (HSHS), including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, attracting thousands of buyers from different parts of the valley.
Despite non-availability of public transport, customers have come in large numbers this week to the market to buy warm clothes -- including jackets and sweaters, shoes and other products. 'I have come from Budgam to make some purchases, including warm clothes for my kids, in this market', Muneeb Ahmad Khan told UNI.
Mr Khan said that this was the first time that he had come to this weekly market as due the economic slowdown following the current situation in the valley, he could not afford making purchases from shops, which remain open for a few hours in the morning. 'You can’t deny your kid of warm clothes in harsh winter because you hardly have any money due to the current situation. The rates are economical in this market and surprisingly one gets to choose from a variety of different products, including second hand foreign items', he added.
The vendors, who sell products from simple needles to carpets, do business worth crores of rupees every Sunday in the weekly market in the heart of the city.(UNI)