BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Sept 22: With just five days left for Durga Puja, an air of festivity has set in and along with it shopping fever has gripped the city.
And like every year, this year too finds all the shops and malls jam packed with shoppers eager to buy something for their loved ones. From Fancy Bazar to Bhangagarh, Ganeshguri to Beltola and Lakhtokia to Maligaon, shops and stores everywhere are busy catering to the customers’ needs.
According to shopkeepers, Tati silk sarees from Kolkata, Barasi sarees, Bengaluru sarees as well as churidars from Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh are the hot attractions this festive season. Besides these, mainstay attractions like Mekhla chadars made of pure Muga silk from Sualkuchi are also selling like hot cakes. However, customers have complained that prices of clothes and garments are relatively higher this year for which, according to shopkeepers, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) introduced earlier this year is primarily responsible.
Not just clothes and garments, even footwear stores have witnessed considerable customer flow. A lot of it can be owed to the prevalence of various “Puja Special offers” and discount schemes being introduced across almost every store, branded and otherwise, in order to attract more and more customers.
Apart from clothes and footwear, yet another segment of the market which attracts customers in large numbers every year during the festive season is the toys, lightings and decorations segment, especially in Fancy Bazar and Lakhtokia, where shops selling a variety of toys, lighting and decorative items are in abundance. It is estimated that around 600 Puja mandaps and pandals are constructed across Guwahati every year.