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Mathura2 hours agoAuthor: Vikas Kumar
Banwari Lal's restaurant had a seating arrangement of 40 to 50 people, but now this restaurant has turned into a grocery store.
- There are still boards outside and inside the grocery store, on which its old identity is inhabited, it is written that it was available here from full bhaji to pav bhaji.
- The owner of the shop says, at one time there were forty-fifty laborers, today look, we are there and we have a son, everyone had to be fired last month.
- Before the lockdown, there was so much crowd here that barricades had to be outside the restaurant.
A report came in the first week of May, about two months after the lockdown across the country due to coronavirus. This report by the Confederation of All India Traders said that the lockdown caused by Corona has cost the country's retail traders about Rs 5.50 lakh crore. The report also said that about 1.5 crore retail traders will have to permanently close their business in the coming few months.
The assessment was for the first week of May, while the nationwide lockdown from 24 March to 30 June. After this the process of unlocking started, which still has many restrictions.
Stories of the impact of the apprehensions pointed out in the Confederation of All India Traders report will be found throughout the country.
A report from Mathura…
This area of Krishna Janmabhoomi is the most special in the whole of Mathura, it is the most busy and before lockdown, there used to be crores of business every day. In this busy and well-known area for his business, Banwari Lal Jain had been running 'Kanhai Foods and Jain Restaurant' for the last ten years right in front of the temple. There was a system of sitting for forty to fifty people together. Around the same number of servants worked round the clock. Twenty four hours during Janmashtami, this restaurant used to feed the passengers, but the lockdown changed all that.
Kanhai Foods is still boarded outside the Jain eatery, which suggests that Idli used to mix from sambar, dosa to pav bhaji and malai lassi.
Banwari Lal Jain says, “You see. I have converted my restaurant into a grocery store. What could I do? Passengers have not been coming for the last three months. Even after the lockdown is open, the police closes the area every few days. How are the restaurants going when there are no eaters? This is why I converted the restaurant into a grocery store. At least you will be able to open.
Outside and inside the restaurant, there are still boards, which occupy its old identity and which shows that uttapam used to be found here from Puri Bhaji to Pav Bhaji.
The process of converting the restaurant into a grocery store is still going on. Banwari Lal is sitting at the counter and a boy is storing goods. Pointing to the boy working in the shop, Banwari Lal says, 'I have a son. 12th pass. Come here if the school is closed At one time there were forty-fifty laborers at this place. Look, today we are and we have a son. Everyone had to be fired last month. '
Banwari Lal Jain is called 'Seth ji' in the area. Till a few months ago, he liked to be called this, but now he is getting irritated by it. While giving instructions to his son in between, Banwari Lal says, “Everybody used to call Seth.” Still says. Does not feel good now. Sethai went. Now that life is over, that is enough. You will not believe, I have not even paid the rent of this house for the last three months. People who worked here had to join hands. After all, how did Seethai? '
There was a time when workers used to work round the clock in Banwari's restaurant, but after the lockdown Banwari and his son are working at the grocery store.
When asked about the business before the lockdown, he does not give any direct answer, but says that the crowd was so crowded that barricades had to be outside the restaurant.
When we asked about the financial help from the government, his facial expression changed. He gestured to turn off the camera by hand and coming out of the counter, taking it to a ledge, said softly, 'Government is only speaking. He also knows that there is nothing to give and we also know that nothing is going to be received from him. I cannot say this in front of everyone. I am a businessman. The business has to be seen first. '