With Ramzan only a month away, markets in Hyderabad are abuzz with activity in preparations for the holy months.
At Hafiz Babanagar in the Old City traders are stocking clothes, foot wear, kids wear, suiting and shirting and bangles stores. Located on the road connecting the Kanchanbagh with Chandrayangutta, Hafiz Babanagar market has emerged as a business hub for those staying in the south of Hyderabad.
The market is a favourite among people staying in Hafiz Babanagar A to D block, Royal colony, Chandrayangutta, Narqi Phoolbagh, Moin Bagh, Rakshapuram, Gulshan Iqbal colony, Tadlakunta, Ghazimillat colony, Kandikalgate, Barkas, Errakunta, Santoshnagar and other residential areas.
“Market in the last three years emerged into a business hub and attracts huge crowds during Ramzan and marriage season. The merchandise sold here is affordable, durable and trendy,” explained a ladies garments trader.
There are nearly 100 shops selling the merchandise sourced from different parts of the country. “Ladies apparels are purchased in bulk from Surat, Delhi, Mumbai and other Indian cities. Party wear and regular clothes are sold for a price between Rs 400 and Rs 4,000,” said Mohd Zubair, a shop owner.
One of the traders said, it will not be wrong to assume that bangle market comprising around 30 shops is referred to as ‘mini Laad Bazaar’. “Prices are competitive. The bangle sets products are locally made by craftsmen staying in C Block and Burma refugee camps,” said Mujahid, another shop owner.
In Ramzan, the market is open through the night for buyers who drop in from different areas of the city. “The IT employees sometimes stopover enroute to their houses located at Vanasthalipuram, L B Nagar, Saroornagar, Bairamalguda, Saidabad, Champapet to visit the shops,” said a trader.