Sunday market no more a poor man’s market

BK News Desk/Srinagar
September 3, 2018 CITY 78 Views

Known as the poor man’s market, Sunday market in Srinagar too hits a common badly as the vendors often rise cost of products at their own will.

Sunday market has been famous for selling second hand and fresh clothes at cheap rates. The market is one of the major attractions in uptown Srinagar city and is a major source of income for more than 1,300 vendors.
The products and items which are famous at this market include blankets, shoes, trousers, jackets, bags, toys, kitchen items and many other household items.

But during the recent past the market has witnessed less flow of customers as dealer hike the prices of products.

“ Earlier this market would be first preference for a middle class family but now very less visit here. People don’t shop much now as the vendors often sell products mostly at market prices,” said Majeed Ahmad a shopper.
This market opens on Sundays due to which people from different places of the valley throing here which spans nearly 2 km from the Tourist Reception Centre to the Hari Singh High Street .
Mushtaq Ahamd a shopper who visited here from Budgam said, “ We get clothes of different choices including foreign brands which we can’t afford otherwise. But now the market too is leaving people to face the heat. Some years before a second hand jeans would cost Rs.200 which now costs Rs 500 here.”
The vendors said that the Sundays often turns up a “big day” for them as every seller received scores of customers.
“During the approaching of autumn, we always witness a good business. There is more demand of clothes in summers compared to winter. But yes the prices of clothes have witnessed a rise in costsaid a vendor.

“There is a huge demand for goods like T-shirts, shirts, jeans, curtains, socks, , coats, quilts these days since the weather has started changing,” Saleem Ahmad a vendor said.
He said there was a monthly turnover of Rs 20 crore being generated by the market.
“This market is a good place for everyone who wants to buy cheap clothes,” said Sajad Rather, a local. As per the vendors, the market was initially started from the Radio Kashmir Crossing to the Polo view but with the heavy rush of customers it was stretched from the Radio Kashmir to the Hari Singh High Street. Even shopkeepers in the area put their stalls on the day to attract customers. Many youth said they visited the market to purchase books, which were otherwise costlier in other markets.

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