Pune: Chicken, fish and mutton shop owners and liquor vendors did brisk business on Sunday on the eve of holy Shravan month, the period when many people abstain from non-vegetarian meals and consumption of alcohol.
As the eve of of Shravan month was also Sunday, a public holiday, people thronged chicken and mutton shops from morning.
Rafiq Ahmed, owner of Amir Chicken and Eggs, Warje, stated that due to the increase in demand of the produce, he increased the availability of chickens.
“Usually, I start my day at 8 am, but today (Sunday), I opened my shop at 7 am. People had already arrived when I opened my shop. The demand is very good, however, we have increased the price as sales will come down throughout the Shravan month, so we have to make the most of it. There is a shortage of raw materials in the market as well.”
Sanjay Dhawde, a resident of Karve Nagar, said, “Today is the last day of Aashad month and Shravan month will start from Monday. Our family always prefers to eat chicken or mutton on the last day of Aashad month.”
Mohammad Usman, who owns a meat shop on Karve Road, said, “People prefer chicken over other meats, as it is cheaper. But, the sales are not as good as we had hoped. Nowadays, instead of cooking at home, people prefer to eat out more.”
“For the weekend, we witnessed a 15-20 per cent increase in sales,” says Jeetendra Pardeshi of Pardeshi Wines, Karve Road.
After the closure of liquor shops on the highways following the Supreme Court ruling, the shops in other areas have been witnessing huge rush of customers. These shops were seen crowded on Sunday throughout the day. The number of customers at various hotels also witnessed a remarkable rise in numbers on Sunday.