SRINAGAR Markets in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley on Wednesday presented a festive look ahead of Eid-ul-Azha celebrations.
Reports said that thousands of people visited various marketplaces, particularly Lal Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Batmaloo and Old Citys Jamia Masjid ahead of Eid-ul-Azha which is being celebrated on Wednesday.
In Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of the summer capital, huge rush of people was witnessed outside almost all the sweet and confectionary shops.
At some places push and pull scenes were witnessed as young, old, men, women and children jostled to make the purchases first.
Footwear shops, readymade garment outlets have been colourfully decorated by the traders. The huge discount announcements by the readymade garment outlets has also been an added attraction for the Eid shoppers.
Bumper to bumper traffic was witnessed on most of the city roads throughout the day.
While frequent traffic jams gave cops a tough time, the shopping spree brought smile on the faces of the shopkeepers.
Reports said heavy Eid rush was also witnessed from the markets around the historic Jamia Masjid in the old city.
According to reports, different markets across the valley were flooded with shoppers. The busy markets of Residency Road, MA Road, and other various markets in Srinagar witnessed a huge rush of customers.
In most of the markets, people were seen busy buying bakery, confectionary, dress material, kids wear and groceries. Mutton and chicken sellers also did brisk business.
But the soaring prices of commodities left many customers high and dry.
Many shoppers, complained that price of vegetables, fruits, and other items have been arbitrarily increased manifold by traders on Eid eve. The Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs department is doing nothing to curb this problem. The claims of having constituted market checking squads seem to have fallen flat because the traders have increased prices of commodities arbitrarily, said Shabir Ahmad, a customer at Lal Chowk.
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