Weekly Bazaar Gets Expensive For Poor

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Weekly bazaar gets expensive for poor

The Peshawar Mor weekly bazaar of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) once a blessing for the poor has become so expensive as customers are shying away due to artificial price hike of the products

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Apr, 2019 ) :The Peshawar Mor weekly bazaar of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) once a blessing for the poor has become so expensive as customers are shying away due to artificial price hike of the products.

The bazaar was set up with the intention to curb inflation in the open markets of the capital and thousands of buyers flock to there every week to save money on their shopping.

Talking to APP, Naureen Aslam, a regular customer of the market said some items in the bazaar which remain open three days a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, were more expensive than open market for household goods however fruits and vegetables were comparatively cheaper.

She observed that the bazaars were established to provide relief to the low and middle income people but stallholders were now bent upon minting money by hiking prices of the goods.

The bazaars had lost fifty percent of their customer due to increasing artificial rates, she added.

On the other hand, Anwar Ali who runs a curtain shop in the bazaar said that he was not happy with the facilities provided by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) as electricity was not being provided to the stallholders.

He said, "I pay handsome amount per month for my stall but the business is not flourishing because of non-availability of electricity. The stallholders have to bear extra expense of solar panel and generators which increase their costs forcing them to raise rates." If CDA provides electricity to the shopkeepers, then the stallholders could reduce the prices in the market, he added.

He said when the customers start arriving in the market in the evening, the CDA staff springs into action coercing the sellers to close down their stalls.

He said that CDA also did not put up shutters on the shops to ensure security, which create an uncertain situation for sellers and they had to engage security guards.

A CDA official said that bazaars opened as the sun rises and remained open till the sunset so there was no need of electricity, adding that one of the reasons that CDA did not provide electricity to the stallholders was that they would turn the place into a late night market.

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