February 27, 2012 The Hindu
WORLD NEWS: BANGALORE, India
123 shops were gutted in the Russell Market on Saturday
A day after a fire gutted 123 shops in Russel Market, business resumed in the mutton and fish markets here on Sunday. A few flower and vegetable vendors went through their business as usual outside the market. However, customers, who usually flock the market on weekends, kept away.
This, even as the traders of the fruits and vegetable market tried to salvage goods that were not burnt in the fire. The mood was sombre as a few traders were seen salvaging onions, potatoes and pumpkins from stacks of vegetables in the market.
Mohammed Idrees Chowdhury, president of Cantonment Fruits and Vegetable Merchants’ Association, told The Hindu that the traders hoped to resume their business at the earliest. “The livelihood of traders is dependent on this market. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) should keep this in mind before making renovation plans for the market,” he said.
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