If it was not for his moped, eking out a livelihood in these competitive times would have been a difficult task for Syed Jahangir, a flower vendor, who regularly supplies flowers to households.
Everyday, he goes to the Gudimalkapur market near Mehdipatnam on his moped to bring flowers and sells them to his regular clients.
“Earlier I had to do with a bicycle but after the market was shifted to a distant place I bought the TVS moped for Rs.30,000 and use it. Punctuality matters a lot in this business as people eagerly wait for fresh flowers to be offered. Moreover, it works out to be convenient,” he says.
Many petty vendors are finding mopeds as a convenient means of transport and it is now replacing the bicycles, the age old trademark of the hawkers and petty traders.
The fact that it is proving to be advantageous in many ways is driving many small mobile vendors to go for mopeds of different companies.
Thanks to easy finance options being offered it is no less than a revolution in this field.
“We usually spend a lot of money on transportation but now save that money. The rising petrol prices had forced me to search for alternatives and moreover driving mopeds is more or less like riding a bicycle and there are no complications like in the case of bikes,” says Ganesh, who sells fruits in colonies of Secunderabad.