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Puja shopping at its peak in the capital

  • Published at 09:11 pm October 14th, 2018
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File photo of people shopping at a shopping mall in Dhaka Dhaka Tribune

Sales showed an upward trend in the last couple of days

With only a day left for Durga Puja, one of the biggest religious festivals observed by the Hindu community, the shopping malls in the capital are abuzz with a large number of customers looking to buy new dresses and other lifestyle items.

Barring a few, the city markets were seen more or less busy selling their commodities as customers were moving from one shopping centre to another. Since the morning, the people had been purchasing items of their own choices with great enthusiasm, reports BSS. 

While visiting different shopping malls and footpath shops in the city on Sunday, the BSS correspondent found salesmen of different markets, footpaths and makeshift sales centers to be bustling with shoppers.

“The Hindu communities are crowding the shopping malls to buy dresses, sarees and many other items. We are passing a busy time ahead of Puja,” said a shop owner at Bashundhara City Shopping Mall on Sunday.

Another shop manager of Bailey Road remarked that sales showed an upward trend in the last couple of days and they are spending busy time selling all kinds of clothes, especially “Panjabi” and “Salwar”.

“I am purchasing clothes for my family members who stay in my hometown Pabna as our Durga Puja begins tomorrow. I have purchased dresses for my eight-year-old niece. She called me over the phone to buy a dress for her,” said Pinku Saha, a customer at Dhaka New Market.

The government has undertaken fool-proof security measures to ensure smooth holding of the Durga Puja.

“We have banned the use of crackers and all sorts of drugs during the course of the Puja festivities. Law enforcement officials are being deployed for five days from the first day tomorrow at all the Puja mandaps until the immersion on October 19,” said Md Asaduzzaman Mia, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner after visiting security measures at Dhakeshwari National Temple.

As many as 31,272 permanent and temporary pandals of Durga Puja have been erected across the country including 234 in the capital city. This year the number of Puja pandals have been increased by 1195 compared to the previous year.