Mumbai: As the sun came out of the clouds (on Wednesday morning), so did the people of the city. Many businesses left behind losses caused by the lashing rains and went on to eye profits that will flow in due to on-going Ganpati festival and upcoming Bakr Eid ul-Adha.
“Last evening (on Tuesday), we were trying to save our stock from the floods, but to no avail,” said a Dadar-based vendor who sells betel leaves. Many vendors in the Dadar market have faced losses due to the rains. “This is the time of year when we witness good business which is why we are back here as usual,” a woman vendor added. She further added that the supply chain for fresh stock has not be affected. “So, we called for more material and it arrived in the morning.”
A vendor, based in Masjid Bhandar, said, “It is not just about loss to our stock but is also about fall in demand when the festive season is on.” This cloth seller states he saw less than 50 per cent footfall in Masjid Bhandar. “We hope business picks up.” He added that vendors in Curry road, Wadala and Sion have suffered huge stock losses with this one-day rain.
It is a normal scene to see shop keepers throw their ruined stock due to flooding in low-lying areaw. An employee of a Dadar-based shoe shop while throwing the spoiled shoes said, “Our bosses and we could not do much as water started to reach our waist and damaged the shoes in the shop. We tried to save as much as we could but we could not do much,” a staffer of the shoe shop said.
He said luckily the establishment has an insurance and that will help them to get some money back. “Not all small establishments have insurance,” said Dilip Datwani, president of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI). Datwani added that even if they have insurance it is difficult for them to get the claim from insurance companies.
Meanwhile, Drinkery 51’s marketing head Vishal Thawani said, “Huge number of corporates came to our pub. But we did not make a huge profit as the owner of the pub decided to provide basic food and water for free to the stranded in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC).” He added days like this one looks at extending help to the people in trouble. “However, we have faced losses,” he added.