Early Times Report
Srinagar, Dec 8: As the temperature in the valley dips to -2 degree Celsius, people thronged to "Sunday market to purchase winter items including warm Jackets, Trousers, Shawls, and Sweaters ". Huge rush was witnessed around the Lal Chowk city homemade items and clothes are being sold.
The first week of December has been recorded the coldest period so far this winter forcing people to come out of their comfort zone and do some shopping.
"The temperature is very low and it is important to keep yourself warm so I am here to purchase winter items for me and my family", said Javaid Ahmad, a government employee.
He added, "This is the only market where people like us can purchase any item at a cheaper price. I guess the market should have been running all weekend".
"I wanted to purchase winter items for my daughter, but you see in departmental stores and other shops they are quite expensive. So, I m here to buy some stuff. The market is quite good here and almost every item is available here so easily", said Qulsum Bhat, a housewife.
Not only from Srinagar city, were shoppers from different districts also seen purchasing winter items.
"We came from the Anantnag district to buy a sweater, blankets, shocks, and other winter items. We are not able to find such items back there that are why we are here", said Munawar, a resident of South Kashmir.
Meanwhile, stall owners are happy with the high demand for woolen items from customers. "I finished selling my woolen items early before I expected. I had to call my son to bring more items. People are purchasing items in good numbers and we are happy with it as it is our only way of earning bread and butter", said Khan, who sells woolen items at the Sunday market.
It is pertinent to mention here that after the center abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. It was the stalls at the Sunday market that kept the city buzzing all the weekend. But, now the market only runs on Sundays as normalcy is returning to the valley.
Meanwhile, the shops were open in Lal Chowk for the whole day on Sunday with people buying different items whereas public and private were also seen in huge numbers around the city.