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Sylhet Makeshift shops start drawing Eid customer

29The Eid shopping is gaining momentum in the Sylhet  footpath makeshift shops as thousands of people throng there for buying dresses of their choice for the Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims, which is about three weeks away now.   Meanwhile, the rush of the low income group, main customers of the footpath stalls, has begun significantly at Surma Point, Infront of Zillaparished, Court point, Bondor, Zindabazar, Railgate, and Mirabazar People of all ages, particularly children and women, are more enthusiastic in choosing new and unique designed clothes. But for the last two to three days, inclement weather has prevented them from visiting the makeshift shops in large numbers.
Meanwhile, hundreds of new stalls have been set up in city’s footpaths in addition to the existing ones. They are witnessing huge sales every day. Lower-middle income and poor people are the main customers of these shops. They prefer roadside stalls and footpaths because products available here are less expensive.
On Sunday morning, this reporter visited a number of makeshift shops at Busterminal, Kodomtoly  and Station Road,
Abdur Rahman set up a makeshift shop in the city street ahead of Eid. He said the demand for T-shirt and kid’s items is huge. A T-shirt is selling at Tk 100 and the kid’s items are selling at Tk 150 to 250. But sale is dull slightly due to rain.
Dulal, salesman of a shop at Modhubon area said a jeans pant is selling for Tk 250 to 500 and a shirt at Tk 150 to 400.Barkat Ali,
A salesman of a shoe market at Bondor Bazar said service holders and lower income group people are coming here to buy shoes, as price is comparatively cheaper. Normally, a shoe is selling at Tk 400-1,000.
Hawkers in Surma Point, Infront of Zillaparished, Court point, Bondor, Zindabazar, Railgate, and other areas of the Sylhet were found selling panjabis, low-price saris, shoes, sandals, waist-belts, trinkets and essential household utensils at competitive prices.The customers, mostly from the fixed and lower income group, said that the prices of various items at footpath shops were cheaper compared with the large outlets or those at shopping malls. At the pavement shops, different varieties of panjabis are selling between Tk 200 and Tk 400.
High prices of clothes, readymade garments, food and other essential items compel majority of people of lower and middle income groups to stay away from markets. For this, the low-income group people choose to purchase their essential products from the footpath markets.