Islamabad - Commercial markets in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are flooded with customers as people are preparing for buying festive wears as the religious festival of Eid-ul-Fitr draws near.

The shopping extravaganza has reached a point that that one finds it hard to move easily in any commercial place in the twin cities, as the people have thronged the venues for giving final touches to their Eid preparations.

“We have been witnessing extraordinary rush for the last two days. We have displayed ‘sale’ on various items to attract customers,” Waheed Mughal, owner of a famous outfit on Bank Road Rawalpindi, told The Nation.

But customers have to pay dearly for the expensive rates of different items, particularly outfits of children. “I spent Rs 20,000 today as part of Eid shopping. Things are too much expensive, particularly clothes of children. Just imagine that I paid Rs 3,000 for buying a shalwar qameez,” Zeeshan, 38, a government servant in Islamabad, told this reporter at Jinnah Super Market Islamabad.

The people belonging to other parts of the country who work in Rawalpindi and Islamabad shop in advance for their families as they usually leave for their native towns a week before Eid-ul-Fitr. “I prefer to shop in advance as it takes many days to complete shopping for a family of 10 members. It is not possible to buy all festive wears from one shop at once. I go from shop to shop and pick items at affordable prices,” Wahiha Noreen, a schoolteacher, said at Benazir Bhutto Road.

The shopping spree reached its peak on Wednesday at the historic Raja Bazaar which is usually frequented by low-income and middle-class families.

The shopkeepers on this Eid have displayed some new designs of traditional clothes and shoes (khussa) that are quite popular among customers and are also cheap in prices as compared to the shoes offered by other footwear stores.

Meanwhile, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has finalised the cleanliness and security arrangements of different parks and Eidgahs (open-air place to perform Eid prayer) for the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.

In this connection a meeting was held at CDA headquarters to review the arrangements made by the CDA on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. The meeting was chaired by Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal, while Member Administration and Estate Amer Ali Ahmed, member engineering and other senior officers of the authority also attended the meeting.

Member Administration and Estate, Amer Ali Ahmed apprised the chairman CDA that in order to keep the city neat and tidy, staff of sanitation directorate will remain on duty during the Eid vacations. In this regard, special teams have been constituted which will sweep the city during the Eid holidays so that residents of the twin cities could celebrate the festivities of Eid in cleaner environment. Moreover, a complaint centre of sanitation directorate would also remain operational during the Eid holidays. He apprised that a large number of people from the twin cities visit Marghazar Zoo during the Eid holidays; therefore, extra deployment of the security staff has been made to provide secure environment to the visitors. He informed the meeting that health services directorate will carry out anti-mosquito spray and fogging activity at busy recreational spots, business centres and bus stands so that momentum of the anti-dengue campaign could be maintained. He further informed that special anti-encroachment teams have been constituted to remove the encroachment which hinders the visitors visiting different markets of Islamabad. The member administration and estate briefed that special arrangements have been made to ensure smooth water supply during the Eid holidays, however, water tanker service would remain alert to cope with any water shortage in the city. He further informed that flood relief cell established by the authority to cope with any emergency situation would remain operational round the clock. Moreover, staff of capital hospital and paramedical staff would also remain present at their duty stations.