Capital's posh markets struggle to shake off sealing blues

The old couple that sells gajras in Khan Market daily after sunset look bored. A few kilometres away from Khan, as it is colloquially addressed, lies its less posh yet equally popular cousins, Defence Colony (Def Col) and Meherchand Market. DNA visited Khan, Def Col and Meherchand on Friday as it inched towards the end of the week. Moving to Def Col and Meherchand, parking is a breeze since there aren't too many visitors. "Weekends are good for us as we make more money than usual,"the man says as his wife nods in agreement.

The old couple that sells gajras in Khan Market daily after sunset look bored.

Braving chilly winds, they hope for some late night patrons to buy their flowers.

"Weekends are good for us as we make more money than usual,"the man says as his wife nods in agreement.

But they know, like the fate that befell on the toniest market in the Capital four days ago, business is currently slow for them as well. A few kilometres away from Khan, as it is colloquially addressed, lies its less posh yet equally popular cousins, Defence Colony (Def Col) and Meherchand Market.

Dotted with high end restaurants and designer stores, they mirror the same story — of downed shutters, sporadic shoppers and diners. After the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) sealed establishments in these three markets over the past two weeks for building by-laws violation, these places have turned into a pale shadow of their past.

Normally teeming with activity through the week with a steady stream of revelers out to shop, socialise or just soak in the energy, shops owners are now hoping that they can soon return with the same gusto. DNA visited Khan, Def Col and Meherchand on Friday as it inched towards the end of the week.

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