Srinagar`s flea market comes to life after over a month

With hardline Hurriyat Conference exmepting Sunday from its fresh calendar of strikes, vendors at the city`s famous flea market today put up their stalls for the first time since Eid-ul-Fitr last month.

Srinagar: With hardline Hurriyat Conference
exmepting Sunday from its fresh calendar of strikes, vendors
at the city`s famous flea market today put up their stalls for
the first time since Eid-ul-Fitr last month as the Valley
remained peaceful for the second consecutive day.

The flea market, also known as Sunday market, had been
closed since Eid-ul-Fitr as violent clashes between security
forces and protesters had left nearly 20 persons dead on
September 13.
"We have been able to set up our carts after nearly two
months and hopefully, the customers will turn up to allow us
to earn a livelihood," Bashir Ahmad, a roadside vendor, told
PTI as he was arranging his products near poloview here.

Ahmad`s wish came true as hordes of people thronged the
market around 10 am.

More than 5000 vendors put up their stalls from TRC
crossing near Abdullah bridge to Batamaloo, a distance of over
three kms, to sell their merchandise which includes second
hand items imported from abroad.

As per the industry estimates, the turnover of the
flea market for each Sunday had crossed Rs eight crore before
the present turmoil engulfed the Valley on June 11.
Encouraged by the success of the roadside vendors,
Jammu and Kashmir bank last year launched a micro credit
facility for them so that they can expand their business.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman said the law and order
situation across the Valley remained peaceful since last
night.

"Preceding night passed off peacefully and the
situation at this hour is normal and under control throughout
the valley," he said, adding, there were no reports of any
untoward incident from anywhere.

However, the spokesman said restrictions under section
144 CrPC, which prohibits assembly of four or more persons at
any public place, were in place in Palhallan and Delina areas
of Baramulla district.

Educational institutions across Kashmir Valley were
opened today as the annual exams for different classes are in
progress, official sources said.

PTI

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