They had intended the fest to coincide with the metro's commercial launch
A shamiana pitched in front of a prominent silk shop on the busy M.G. Road heralds the beginning of what traders here are calling the M.G. Road Bazaar.
It was to have coincided with the inauguration of the Namma Metro's commercial run, which now appears to have been delayed. But the 10-day shopping festival took off on Saturday, offering discount and special offers in several prominent shops here, all part of the Bangalore Trades Association (BTA).
Traders, who had earlier complained of a slump in business owing to the prolonged construction work that made the entire area rather inaccessible, are now hoping that the iconic shopping street will return to its former glory.
Inaugurated by the Commissioner of Police Shankar M. Bidari the festival will see the road decked up, hosting music performances and magic shows.
The aim of the initiative is to make customers, who are increasingly heading to malls, revisit the experience of street shopping, according to Jitender Thurakhia, BTA member. Mr. Bidari too endorsed street shopping by saying that no mall could replace the ambience of M.G. Road and its street culture.
BTA president Bhoopalam P. Srinath said he was confident that the bazaar would have an excellent turnout. He added that the metro, once it gets going, would only help increase business here.