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Hustle bustle picks up in city markets ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, JUN 10: Though scorching weather conditions continue to prevail in Valley, the city markets are witnessing a hustle and bustle ahead of Eid-Ul-Fitr.

For the past few days shoppers in large numbers are thronging the markets for shopping purposes. Despite being Sunday markets across the city witnessed an immense rush and the business hub Lal Chowk was swarmed by shoppers.

Though it was Sunday, massive traffic movement was witnessed along busy routes of Lal Chowk, Dalgate, Nowhatta and many other places while traffic police faced a tough time trying to regulate the traffic movement.

Where as the festive fever grips Kashmir, people in huge numbers were seen buying different commodities on Sunday ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr which is likely to be celebrated on Saturday.

For the past one week, persistent heat wave has been giving a tough time to people across the valley. Yet, during the past few days the shops in the markets have started getting crowded with the shoppers.

The scene at the busy city center Lal Chowk is quite different these days where heavy pedestrian and traffic movement has started picking.

People in large numbers could be seen buying garments, kids wear, hosiery items, eatables and other essential commodities from the shops.

Children could be seen accompanying their parents for buying clothes, toys etc. Pertinently, on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr many shopping outlets, particularly the ones dealing with clothing and kids wear, have started offering discounts on purchases.

Many shop owners said the shopping is expected to increase in coming days.

Meanwhile, due to the immense rush traffic police is having a tough time in regulating the smooth flow of vehicular traffic during past many days. The large number of vehicles and slow traffic movement is indeed resulting in traffic mess.

"It took me nearly two hours to reach Lal Chowk from Nowhatta Chowk. There was prolonged traffic chaos along the route. Traffic police must deploy more manpower to regulate the traffic," Riyaz, a commuter said.

A senior official at City traffic police department revealed that traffic diversions were likely to be put into place to ensure hassle free traffic movement during next one week.

"We are planning traffic diversions so that traffic movement is subsided along busy routes of the city. Moreover, we have deployed additional manpower to check over traffic mess across city," an official revealed.


News Updated at : Monday, June 11, 2018
 
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