Ramzan may not all be glitter and fun this year just like last year if things go as anticipated. With a surge in the number of corona cases and with fear of lockdown or at least restrictions looking large, many traders in the old city and around the city are not particularly roused to stock the latest wares.
With Ramzan approaching, there is no cheer among traders and shopkeepers who feel that things might not turn out as expected. With the vaccine, the hopes were high that season would make up for last year’s losses. Last year, all businesses were closed for six months and this meant huge losses for shopkeepers and traders.
This year, they were hoping for better business. But with a sudden surge in COVID cases and restrictions being imposed in some cities in neighboring states, not all are optimistic.Usually, shopping starts for Ramzan in Shaban ( a month before Ramzan). But this has not been the case this year as people who lost jobs or had to take pay cuts are in no mood to splurge.
About 8000 commercial establishments dot the stretch between Nayapul and Shahalibanda. There a few thousand shopkeepers line the areas in Patterghati, Patel Market, Rikab Gunj, Osmania Bazaar, Laad Bazaar, Gulzar Houz, Moosa Bowli, Motigali, Khilwat, and Devan Devdi.
The shopkeepers are now stocking only 50 percent of the stock as they fear lockdown. The sales are also expected to be around 40 percent, which is very less for the survival of traders and shopkeepers.As for haleem lovers, it’s going to be a long wait if the government imposes restrictions or night curfews. Last Ramzan passed by without haleem and most haleem lovers have their fingers crossed hoping for the best.