KARACHI: The Karachi traders have resumed market activities on Fridays after a long ban due to the increasing rate in the city.
Other markets of Saddar including Zainab Market and Gul Plaza along with Tariq Road markets have opened their shops on Friday.
Moreover, Hyder and Boltan Road markets have aslo been opened today.
The decision came out after Karachi traders’ associations held a meeting with provincial minister Nasir Hussain Shah, on Thursday.
However, no notification has been released regarding the decision but Nasir Hussain affirmed the opening of markets on Fridays.
One condition to keep them open is to ensure Covid SOPs are duly adhered to and all the staff is vaccinated.
Earlier in July, despite the lockdown in Karachi and all over Sindh, wholesale markets including Jodia Bazaar of the economic hub of Karachi, Saddar, decided not to be closed amid lockdown.
Abdul Rauf Ibrahim, president of Wholesale Grocers Association, said that there would be no shortage of commodities and supply to Sindh and the whole country including Karachi would continue.
The grocers association said that Liaquatabad and Water Pumps wholesale markets in Karachi would also not be closed. The association appreciated the decision of the Sindh government to keep the wholesale markets open.
It said that 2.5 million daily wager laborers were not taken care of during the lockdown. The children of the day laborers and the poor will starve to death due to unnecessary restrictions, it added.
Also, the President All Karachi Traders Union has revealed that traders have lost 10 to 12 billion rupees, there has been no business in the markets for two days.
According to details, the president of All Karachi Traders Union lamented the devastation caused by the recent rains and said that due to this situation, traders have suffered severe losses in business.
He said that lack of sewerage system causes loss every time, business is affected due to the accumulation of water after rains, billions have been lost in two days.