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Kolkata’s iconic New Market may shut down for 3 days

Kolkata’s iconic New Market may shut down for 3 days
While Mayor Sovon Chatterjee refused to comment on the issue, another Trinamool Congress leader and ex-Mayor, Subrata Mukherjee said, “I will look into the matter. The shop-owners are apparently going on strike”. The iconic market may stay shut for three days, starting Wednesday.

Not that all the shop-owners are happy about this shut-down. The heritage Jewish bakery, Nahoum’s, famous for its rich plum cake, yummy brownies, marzipans, and black forest cake will not open its doors on Wednesday. “The shopkeepers of the New Market have been battling with encroachment by hawkers. Shoppers can’t even park their vehicles near the market and the problem is increasing every day. We have to go by the decision of association of shop owners. A decision will be taken on Wednesday,” said a spokesperson at the heritage confectionery.

Another popular garments outlet, Geeta, anticipates a huge loss in sales if there is a three-day shutdown. “The wedding season is just coming on and we were doing good business for the last few days. The last time New Market was closed was in 1911 owing to a fire,” said a salesperson at the store.

Many will miss their regular shopping for meats, fruits and veggies at the erstwhile Hogg Market.  Ramola Sen, a housewife says: “I can’t imagine life without fresh flowers, fruits and veggies from the New Market. And my son’s birthday cake is always bought from Nahoum’s. I hope the state government resolves the civic problems faced by the shop-owners of the New Market soon”.
Nandini Guha

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