Ahmedabad. The Rakshabandhan festival has also felt the eclipse of the corona this year. wholesale market in Ahmedabad, the sale of ashes has declined by 70 to 75 per cent. Even retail market, traders say the sale of ashes is as low as 50 to 60 per cent. traders, the ashes very low the lockdown caused by the corona. While who want ashes fear of corona also come. The traders are just sitting shops ashes. But people are avoiding buying ashes killed out of fear. However, with the exception of siblings living under one roof, a growing trend siblings celebrating virtual or digital Rakshabandhan from their mobiles or laptops.
Some traders put up last year’s ashes to sell
According to traders, the wholesale ash has fallen by 70 to 75 per cent this year. Which has also had impact on retailers. Most of the retailers have put last year's ashes on display as new ashes scarce.
The wholesale Rs 100 crore market almost collapsed
Manish Patel of Sarangpur-based Ganesh Rakhdi said that 40 traders of Kalupur Mint-Sarangpur are engaged in wholesale trade of Rakhdi. traders make and sell Rakhdi worth Rs 100 crore . Corona has lost 20 to 25 per cent of its Rs 100 crore market this year. So this year the business is estimated to be barely 20 to 25 crores.
The government broke the business chain of traders
Priyank Shah of Shah & Sons Mint said, "We doing wholesale ash business at Kalupur Mint for 18 years. Let there be a boom and bust in business. But the government's second and third lockdowns have broken the backs of traders. The lockdown brought business to standstill. The effect of which is being seen on the festival of Rakshabandhan.
Not even capital has been released this year
"We retailing ashes for 35 years," said Ramesh Patel, owner of Sun Set Emporium, which owns Sun Set Emporium on Gurukul Road. Business is 60 to 65 percent lower this year than . Our capital comes back before the Rakshabandhan and profit last week. But even the capital has not this year.