The Amaravati shopping festival has failed to draw the desired attention of denizens, or even vendors. All the three venues posed as a deserted look on the second day of the festival.
Neither buyers nor sellers are interested in a much-touted event.
Vijayawada: The Amaravati shopping festival has failed to draw the desired attention of denizens, or even vendors. All the three venues posed as a deserted look on the second day of the festival. The government had advertised it as a ‘mega event’ & hoped it would promote tourism as well as a new capital. It was announced that the Amaravati Shopping Festival will be held on lines of the Dubai Shopping Festival every year from now on.
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Though, the authorities have failed to provide even basic requirements like toilets. Vendors who came from the far-off places are facing problems at this venue. “We have to go to the bus station to use the toilet,” said the Ch. Sai, a vendor from Rayavaram. However the government announced that nearly 2,000 stalls will be made available for the vendors to set shop, the number could reach by only 418 at the three venues. As the price of shops is fixed at `40,000, the ASF found few takers.
The Krishna district collector Babu A. Said that all shops were taken but the vendors still have to start functioning. Almost half of the shops at the PWD ground were seen vacant & only about 20 percent were filled at Punnami Ghat & Padmavati Ghat. “We never heard such an exorbitant prices for the shops, said N. Shankar Rao, a Ponder cotton merchant. “We paid `25,000 for an expo at Taj Krishna. If the response from the people continues like this, we will end losing money,” he added.
Ch. Sai, the employee of Rayavaram handloom cooperative society also expressed the same apprehension, saying that, “If the number of visitors does not increase, we will not even recover our expenses. This is the first time as we have paid so much for the shops.”