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.
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.
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 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.