Dasara meant to be roaring business for many tradesmen, specially for craftsman and handicrafts. But, the recent decisions of District Administration not to honour chief guests on the dais with traditional Mysore Peta, Kashmiri Shall, Sandalwood Garlands as part of austerity measures to cut down the costs which is said to be running into lakhs of ruppes, has cost severe loss for businessmen. The decision was taken following drought.
Many of the traders have stocked sufficient quantity of petas, shalls, and other gifts articles making huge investment, not anticipating such a move by the District Administration. Majority of the businessmen said that they have to keep the stocks for next occasion.
Cauvery Emporium Manager Ranganath said that every year during dasara they were having a roaring business of Rs 1.5 to 2 lakh. But this year it has cut down to Rs 80,000 to 90,000 and there is a severe shortage in footfalls for emporium.
“This year our business has affected in large extent. Specially from last one month the day cauvery agitations began, the number of visitors coming to city has come down. The emporium in palace premises is also facing huge loss,” he added.
Loss for local serial set sellers
The conventional small bulbs have been dispensed with led bulbs from this year. As per the decision taken by District Administration to celebrate eco-friendly Dasara and to decorate traffic islands, monuments and prominent buildings with LED bulbs serial sets, it has cause huge lose for traditional serial set sellers of city.
Officials who are happy with the move say, its very helpful to educate masses to use maximum amount of LED bulbs to save energy as well as to cut down the cost.
According to Dasara Illumination Sub-Committee President Ramesh the illumination work has been given for contract to a firm and said that the serial sets have been imported from other place.