Market watch

100-yr-old Bisati Bazaar loses its cosmetic touch

100-yr-old Bisati Bazaar loses its cosmetic touch

Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31

Shopkeepers at Bisati Bazaar in the interior part of the city daily open shops and pray for a better day, but customers are nowhere to be seen. If shop owners are to be believed they retun empty-handed in the evening due to lack of footfall.

‘We go empty-handed daily’

We are opening our shops daily. We sit and go empty-handed. It is a congested market where none cares for practising social distancing. At times, people roam without masks. Nobody knows when things will improve. — Honey Kapoor, from Ricky Lakshmi Store

Bisati Bazaar is an Urdu word used for seller of cosmetics and make-up products. This is around 100-year-old market and houses approximately 40 shops.

Honey Kapoor from Ricky Lakshmi Store said it’s not a wise decision to open markets when Covid-19 positive cases are increasing on a daily basis.

“We are opening shops daily. We sit and go empty- handed. It is a congested market where none cares for practising social distancing. At times, people roam without masks. Nobody knows when things will improve,” he said.

Sandeep Tangri of New White House said no marriages are taking place. “Cosmetics are procured from domestic market as well as from China. At present, customers are not keen on buying products, but condition will improve,” said Tangri.

Lakhan Ahuja from Shri Lakhshmi Traders from Bagh Khazanchian near Bisati Bazaar said most cosmetics and accessories are imported from China.

“Many of us are thinking of changing business. We are wholesale dealers. Items used in salons are in demand, but limited people are buying for cosmetics. Covid-19 has hit our trade hard,” he said.

Top Stories

Era of expansionism is over, India’s enemies have seen our fury: PM in Ladakh

Era of expansionism is over, India’s enemies have seen our fury: PM in Ladakh

Addresses soldiers besides meeting senior Army officers

21 Sikh pilgrims killed as train rams into bus in Pakistan's Sheikhupura

21 Sikh pilgrims killed as train rams into bus in Pakistan's Sheikhupura

The bus was returning from Nankana Sahib to Lahore

J&K Unlock 2.0 guidelines issued; all districts in Kashmir placed in red zone except Bandipora

J&K Unlock 2.0 guidelines issued; all districts in Kashmir placed in red zone except Bandipora

Religious places to continue to remain closed till further o...

NEET entrance exam postponed to September 13; JEE-Mains to be held from September 1-6

NEET entrance exam postponed to September 13; JEE-Mains to be held from September 1-6

The medical entrance exam was scheduled for July 26

Cities

View All