Incessant rains, snow dampen routine business in Valley

Incessant rains, snow dampen routine business in Valley


SRINAGAR: Routine business in this summer capital of the state has taken a hit due to the incessant rain and snow witnessed during the past about two weeks.
On Sunday evening, the Valley, including the planes, received the year’s second major snowfall, following a largely dry winter till the ending week of February.
The first major spell of snow, especially in Srinagar, was witnessed the last week.
Most roads and lanes here remained water logged on Monday, hindering the movement in marketplaces and, consequently, affecting the business activities.
The roadside vendors remained absent from the streets and footpaths where they usually carry out their daily trade.
“Bad weather usually sparks rise in the demand of jackets, pullovers and other stuff. But continuous downpour and the water logged streets are not allowing us to do any business,” Abdul Hameed, a vendor usually spotted at Lal Chowk, told Kashmir Reader.
On Sunday, the weekly ‘Sunday Market’ remained off owing to the bad weather.
According to the traders, the rush of shoppers has declined since the last week.
“I have received a very less number of customers in the last two weeks. Most people, it seems, prefer to stay indoors in this cold weather,” Haleem Meraj, who runs a store of domestic garments at Goni Khan near Lal Chowk here, said.
Meanwhile, the damage caused by weather to the Jammu-Srinagar highway, which was closed for traffic on most days in the recent weeks, has also taken toll on the tourist inflow into the Valley.
According to the tourism players, the tourists who were scheduled to visit the Valley have been postponing or cancelling their trips due to closed highway.
“We receive a number of calls (from tourists) for postponing of the trips. The only reason they give is bad weather and the closed highway,” Marouf Ahmad, a travel agent, told Kashmir Reader.
With Metrological forecasting improvement in weather, the business sector is hoping to see some sunshine to be able to do some business.

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