RAJSHAHI/RANGPUR: As the holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of the Muslims, is knocking at the door, shopping malls and markets in Rajshahi and Rangpur cities and adjacent areas have been abuzz with shoppers, reports BSS.
With attraction of eye-catching colour and design of the silk wears, large number of people irrespective of age and sex especially the adolescents are humming towards the showrooms to complete the last moment’s collection of their best choice.Silk fabrics, weaved and designed by local artisans, are on huge demand in the Eid markets, with the affluent people rushing to the city silk showrooms every day.
Thousands of people are purchasing items of their own choice with huge enthusiasm despite significant rise in prices of all kinds of clothes than the last year.
Besides low income people are crowding in various footpath shops and small shops as prices here are a little bit lower than the big shopping malls.
Eid shoppers flocked to shopping mall and other business hubs like Shaheb Bazar, RDA Market, New Market, Haragram Bazar, BSCIC Silk Showrooms, Sonadighi Silk Market and Gonokpara Shopping Centre of the divisional city.
They came with friends and families to pick up dresses, putting smile on the traders’ faces. Businessmen expressed satisfaction over the sale of the Eid clothes, shoes, cosmetics and other goods and hoped that the sales would continue till the night before the Eid-ul-Fitr day.
The movement of the shoppers has created huge traffic congestion in the major shopping areas. Sekendar Ali, General Secretary of RDA Market Businessmen Association, told BSS that sales were showing an upward trend since the last couple of days.Salesmen of different markets, footpaths, makeshift sales centers are passing busy time from morning to midnight as shoppers of all ages gathered there, he added.
Market sources said prices of the clothes for male, female and children were almost reasonable than the previous years. Many Eid shoppers also complained of overpricing, especially of women and kids wear. The girls and adolescents are mostly purchasing three pieces of various designs like “Tumili’, “Chhanchhan”, “Ranjona”, and “AnarKoli”.
Saidur Rahman, Showroom in-charge of Sapura Silk, told BSS that katoar design shari on muslin is their greatest attraction for this Eid. Different designs of saris are priced from Taka 3,800 to Taka 1,45,000.
He said Usha Silk has also brought new designed panjabi with stripe art on silk which is being sold at Taka 2,000 to Tk 7,500 per piece. Nur Alam Bulbul, showroom in-charge of Usha Silk, said their saries are being sold at Taka 1,250 to Taka 45,500 and the three-pieces are priced at Taka 2,000 to Taka 75,500.
“I have come to Omor Theme Plaza with my wife and kids to buy sharis, three piece, shirt and panjabis for family members and other close relatives,” said Masud Rana, a resident of Sheroil area in the city.
Deployment of law enforcers at different points and market places and engagement of private security men at shopping malls by the authorities concerned have ultimately created a fool-proof security arrangement for businessmen as well as shoppers.
The RMP traffic department also blocked all intersections in front of all markets and shopping malls to ensure uninterrupted movement of vehicles. RMP has set up police boxes beside the gates of all busy markets.
Meanwhile, traders are witnessing record sales as hundreds of people thronging Eid markets in Rangpur city at the last moments ahead of the Eid festivity.
Leaders of different trade bodies said Eid shopping has reached at the highest peak amid tight security measures at all markets, shopping malls, complexes, centres and makeshifts markets.
Businesspersons said selling of Eid items has marked an all-time record despite higher prices this year following continuous improvement in economic conditions of common people.
Currently, markets have worn festive looks with rushing men, women, girls, boys, adolescents, students and youths for buying Eid items and their movements have created traffic jam in the city.
Rangpur Metropolitan Police has tightened security measures and launched special road traffic systems to enable rushing people marketing easily without any untoward incident in the city.
Members of law enforcement agencies, including police, Rapid Action battalion (RAB)-13 and intelligence personnel are being found patrolling markets, shopping malls and centres both in uniforms and plain clothes in the city.
Besides, authorities of different business establishments, shopping malls, complexes, markets and centres have taken own security measures to ensure peaceful environment for Eid shoppers.
Talking to BSS at different markets, buyers said prices of clothes and other Eid items for males, females, babies and children are higher this time than last year.
However, increased prices of Eid items have almost no impact among buyers, said owners of different shops and sales centres.
Eid shoppers are mostly rushing now to Super Market, Jahaz Company Shopping Complex, City Plaza, Moti Plaza, Adi Janata, Salek Market, Jamal Market, Maya Exclusive Fashion House, Bismillah Garments, Eid Bazar, Golden Tower, ‘Rangan’, ‘Zila Parishad Biponi Bitan’, ‘Shah Amanat’, ‘Rajanigandha’, Salek Market, Station Market, Rajib Gandhi Market, Honumantola Market, Madina Garments and other markets, shopping malls and centres in the city.
At this last moment, each female three pieces is being sold at rates between Taka 1,500 and 20,000, saree between Taka 1,200 and 45,000, ‘punjabi’ between Taka 1,200 and 10,000, pant pieces between Taka 1,200 and 3,500, jeans pants between Taka 2,000 and 5,000, shirt pieces between Taka 1,000 and 3,500, shirts between Taka 1,500 and 5,000.
Students Kohinoor Begum, Monalisa, Nargis and Azizur Rahman at ‘Super Market’ on Friday night said they already completed purchasing their Eid clothes and other items at higher prices this year compared to last year.
Housewives Aklima Chowdhury, Manisha Pervin and Kohelika Begum at Honumantola market said they were purchasing shoes, cosmetics and other smaller Eid items after completing purchase of Eid clothes for family members.
Couple Monika Rahman and Hamidur Rahman at Rangan shopping centre said they purchased Eid clothes, cosmetics and all other Eid items for their children at 30 to 40 percent higher prices this time than last year.
Talking to BSS, businesspersons Amirul Haque, Akkas Ali and Abu Raihan at different markets expressed satisfaction over sharp rise in sales of Eid clothes, shoes, cosmetics and other goods in last three days ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity.
“The traders are witnessing huge business daily in over 10,000 shops in different markets, shopping centres, malls and other places in Rangpur city,” President of Rangpur Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rezaul Islam Milon said.
The daily average sales were around Taka three crore in first ten days of the holy month of Ramadan.
However, daily sales remained between Taka five to eight crore in the next ten days while traders are currently selling Eid items worth over Taka 15 crore daily,” Liton said predicting a record Eid business this year in the city.
President of Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mostafa Sohrab Chowdhury Titu termed continuous improvement in economic conditions of people in last ten years as the main reason behind the record sales at Eid markets.
“The sales of Eid items would continue to increase till the night before Eid-ul-Fitr day,” Titu said predicting a record business at Eid markets in the city this time.