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UNFAIR DEAL? Booksellers are unhappy over the conditions in the Koti subway that was provided to them as an alternative site after MCH demolished their shops recently. - Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
UNFAIR DEAL? Booksellers are unhappy over the conditions in the Koti subway that was provided to them as an alternative site after MCH demolished their shops recently. - Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Staff Reporter

Complain of falling sales due to lack of space

  • Sixty booksellers accommodated in subway and at Municipal Complex
  • Booksellers complain of falling sales as customers find it inconvenient

    HYDERABAD: Only 20 among the 135 booksellers have started their business in the subway, and very few in the municipal complex at Sultan Bazar, after being displaced from the footpath adjoining Women's College at Koti following court orders by Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad.

    Unhygienic conditions

    And all those in the subway are now in a spot of bother, courtesy unhygienic conditions.

    Leaking walls, poor ventilation and leaking sewerage continues to flow into the subway.

    "Many find it difficult to enter and when there is no power it is even more horrible," says P. Ramu of Vijayalaxmi Book Centre, pointing to the slippery surface near the staircase.

    They complain that lack of space is also playing a major role in the poor sales. Sixty booksellers have been accommodated in the subway and at Municipal Complex. All this is also showing in their sales graph which has dipped considerably.

    "We used to earn around Rs. 500 to 750 per day but ever since we commenced our business here it is tough to earn even Rs. 100," says Mohd. Irfan of Fortune Booksellers.

    It is no different at the Sultan Bazar Complex where nine booksellers were accommodated in the first floor of the complex.

    "It is not at all convenient for the customers to purchase books here," says Old and New Booksellers Association General Secretary Syed Sabeer Hussain.

    On the contrary, municipal authorities explain that facilities will be improved in the subway as MCH Additional Commissioner G. Ravi Babu says: "Six exhaust fans and fire safety equipment will be provided in the subway in a week and repairs will also be taken up at the earliest."


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