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Sylhet malls, footpaths abuzz with mad rush of Eid shoppers

Sylhet malls, footpaths abuzzMost of the Sylhet shopping malls and footpaths are seen abuzz with mad rush of buyers as Eid shopping has started getting momentum in the area with nearly 9 days left for the Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims.
During a visit to the Sylhet city, this correspondent found shoppers of all ages from different areas rushing everyday to different markets to purchase their items of choice for the near and dear ones.
Al Hamra Shopping City, Blue water Shopping City, Sylhet City Centre, Shukria Market, Hasan  Market, Modubon, and Sylhet  Plaza are now humming with buyers.
Of those, the lower-income people were seen gathering for shopping at the Hawkers’ Market which is known as ‘Market for the Poor.’
Eye-catching collections of different kinds of sarees like Jamdani, Muslin Jamdani, Tant, Silk, Tangail Katan Silk, appliqué, stitched and block printed ones are being displayed at the markets of Lama bazar area attracting a good number of customers.
However, overall prices of salwar kameez, sarees, children’s and gent’s wears were a bit high this year,
“I’ve come here from Mirpur to buy 25 pieces of sarees as Eid gifts for my relatives as this item is being sold here at a cheaper rate compared to the posh city malls,” said Suhel, a banker.
Meanwhile, the fashion houses in Naya Sorak area is notable for its traditional grand shopping outlets of branded products representing popular brands, Maha, Aarong, Nabarupa, Chaity, Rex and Cat’s Eye, where a huge collection of some vogue fashion wares have been put on display.
The customers at these outlets alleged that the prices were too high.
A Cat’s Eye salesman expressed satisfaction over sales volume ahead of Eid.
He, however, hoped that the daily sales volume would increase with the increasing number of customers as Eid was getting closer.
Meanwhile, most of the footpaths in Sylhet  bustling areas including Court point, Surma point, Bondor Bazar, have already been packed with makeshift shops where the lower-income people in particular are crowding for their Eid items at affordable prices.
Raju, a makeshift shop owner in the area, alleged that they had to pay extra money to the local extortionists and police for doing business on the footpaths during Eid season.
However, the customers were seen merrily purchasing their Eid items from those shops.
Nevertheless, most of the shop-owners voiced their dissatisfaction over sales volume compared to that of the previous year although they expect the number to rise as Eid draws nearer