MarSrinagar: Amid Covid scare, rush in markets across Kashmir is picking up ahead of Eid festivities. Shoppers in large numbers were seen making purchases since yesterday (Wednesday).
In Srinagar city, from Hari Singh High Street (HSHS) to Residency Road here wore a festive look with ready-made garments and household goods being in demand.
“I prefer to purchase clothes for my kids and other family members, but unfortunately it is not affordable here, prices are so high that a middle class person like me, won’t be able to buy anything there,” said a shopper.
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Despite authorities warning of strict action against people violating relaxation guidelines — including wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing — the SOPs were being neglected in many places in Srinagar and other parts of the valley.
However, the high rates of the essentials has not stopped a good number of people from their shopping spree of mutton and bakery products, the most popular food items on Eid in Kashmir.
Street vendors had also occupied slots on the roadsides in various parts of valley, which hampered the smooth movement of traffic and pedestrians.
From bakers selling cakes and cookies in makeshift tents outside their outlets across the Kashmir, the demand for bakery like always is quite high this Eid.
Aqib Nazir Channa, CEO of Sabzifarosh which recently opened in north Kashmir’s Baramulla says people in large numbers are pre-booking online orders for various eateries.
“We are busy catering to bulk orders as festive demand for various eateries is quite high this Eid,” CEO, Sabzifarosh, Channa said.
Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated across the Asian countries on Saturday following which the authorities have eased out restrictions with certain guidelines for two days in Srinagar and three days in other parts of the valley till Thursday.