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Bustling with activity: The old city bazaars were pulsating as usual despite the bandh in twin cities on Friday.
Bustling with activity: The old city bazaars were pulsating as usual despite the bandh in twin cities on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Shops, hotels, commercial establishments open as usual

HYDERABAD: While majority of the commercial establishments in twin cities downed their shutters in response to a bandh call given by political parties on Friday, the hustle and bustle of old city, however, was not affected.

Unmindful of the bandh, business outlets including hotels, jewellery and garment shops, for a host of reasons, were open on Friday.

Except for the bandh call given by Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), it appears as if other political parties’ bandh call invariably evokes a poor response from this part of the city.

“Old city is a very sensitive part of the twin cities. Keeping this in mind, majority of the political parties do not organise rallies or bandhs in this locality. Shops here are closed only when MIM gives a bandh call,” says Sripath Rao, manager of P. Satyanarayan Jewellers at Machili Kaman.

Tourist inflow

Apart from the MIM impact, business in the old city is linked with tourists visiting this part of Hyderabad.

The markets here generally thrive on tourists and visitors, who throng the place to purchase clothes, pearls and jewellery.

“Ever since Jaipur serial blasts, the number of tourists visiting old city, especially Charminar and Lad Bazaar regions, has declined and this has impacted business. To cover up for the loss, shopkeepers have little option than do business despite bandhs,” says Asish Gupta of Jawaharlal Ramavatar Jewellers and Pearl Dealers at Charkaman.

Traditionally, summer months usher in the marriage season in twin cities which means brisk busines0073. This summer however, had not many ‘muhurats’ which has affected the business in old city.

“According to astrologers, auspicious days would commence from next month and shopkeepers are gearing up for the season unmindful of bandhs or strikes,” adds Mukaram Khan of Akram Sarees near Pathergatti Masjid.


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