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BHADARWAH: As the auspicious Eid-ul-Fitr festival is closing in, all the markets and shopping centres of Chenab region especially that of Bhadarwah town have come alive with hordes of shoppers rushing for shopping a couple of days before Eid.
Market opened very early especially the open market of Seri Bazaar, which is the main business hub of district Doda as dozens of vendors were seen to occupy a place since mid-night.
Shoppers from different areas of Bhadarwah, Bhalla,Thathri and Gandoh thronged fashion houses, boutique shops ,market places and kiosks across the city markets in huge numbers and shopped till evening.
Shoppers were busy in purchasing readymade clothing, crockery ,electronics, eatables and other goods.
In Bhadarwah Valley’s tertiary commercial hub, Seri Bazaar, markets remained jam-packed with shoppers moving one extreme of the market to another. Elsewhere in Ganpat Market, Khalro Market and Sadar Bazaar , markets were abuzz.
“The Eid rush picks up in the last 10 days of Ramadan, but this year, it is only last three days the rush has started picking up, Seri Bazaar is main hub of shopping and people from all walks of life come here to purchase clothes, shoes, grocery and other items” said Nasir K Shah, a local from Qilla Mohalla Bhadarwah.
Not only Muslims but a large number of non-muslims wait eagerly for pre-Eid shopping as one can get clothes, crockery, readymade and electronics at cheaper prices than the routine days.
“We keep on waiting for this festival whole year because we get readymade, crockery and electronics at very cheap rates that too in an open market. We do shopping for the whole family and almost for a year, “said a shopper Vijay Nath of Mathola, Bhadarwah.
Apart from local businessmen ,dozens of vendors from neighbouring states including Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana are doing brisk business.
“Our group consists of 10 vendors and we are mainly dealing in clothing, readymade items and spices, all of us are doing very good business at Bhadarwah,” said a vendor from Punjab, Sham Lal. In view of the huge rush of people to markets, police authorities have issued a special plan to decongest the main hub and to help in smooth regulation of traffic and shopping simultaneously.
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