Shopkeepers are welcoming a rise in the footfall after a dull 2020 & hoping numbers will go up around the festive season
With various stages of unlock underway in Delhi-NCR, the capital’s markets, which have been badly affected by the pandemic and lockdowns, are limping back to normalcy. The arrival of the festive season will certainly see an upswing in footfall at all the major markets in the city with shopkeepers saying that the pre-festive buzz has already begun.
Most Delhiites say that the reduction in the number of COVID cases over the last two months has given them some confidence to venture into the local markets now. “I was apprehensive to visit the markets at first but they are maintaining safety measures. And I am vaccinated and keep my mask on at all times. That means I am doing everything I can to keep myself safe. I can’t just sit at home forever,” says Vasant Kunj resident Ashish Sharma, who has shopped at places like Sarojini Nagar and Gurgaon’s Arjun Marg market in the past month.
But for others, the reason for preferring local markets over online shopping is due to the kind of stuff they can get at these markets. Aarti Chhabra, a Mayur Vihar resident, tells us, “Festive shopping can only be done at local markets, not online or in malls. There are some things you get in these markets at affordable prices. So, I am glad these markets are back up and running and maintaining safety measures, too.”
Most Delhiites say that the reduction in COVID cases over the last two months has given them confidence to venture out
Many shoppers, who have begun shopping at these local markets, say they swear by them as it supports the small business owners and artisans. Gurgaon resident Mukul Singh says, “Places like Banjara Market have been my favourite for festival shopping. You can get stuff for your home or just small trinkets for festive use for a good price and it helps the local artisans and craftsmen, too.”
Shopkeepers and traders welcome this increase in the number of shoppers after a dull 2020 and hope the number will only go up when the festive season arrives. Rajiv Singh, who has a shop in Tilak Nagar Market, says, “Festive season is always the best time for us. It was a little sad last time because of the pandemic, but we feel it will be better this year with many people vaccinated now.It looks promising so far.” Rakesh, a seller at Gurgaon’s Banjara Market, tells us, “It was quiet initially, but the crowd has returned over the last two weeks. As September arrives, we are sure that with Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja and Dussehra close, we will get even busier. We are looking forward to it. We are looking forward to it.” Credit Source – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/markets-across-ncr-witnessing-the-pre-festive-buzz/articleshow/84938475.cms