Ghaziabad: Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam has organised a Bhavya Diwali Mela in Ramleela maidan, Kavi Nagar. The mela started on October 28 and will go on till November 3. There are several shops to cater to your Diwali needs. The shops in the mela have been given free of cost to local street vendors and women from self-help groups under PM Swanidhi Yojna. It is thus a perfect platform for local vendors to sell their products and increase their sales.
The mela was inaugurated by General VK Singh, Asha Sharma, Mayor, and DM Ghaziabad Rakesh Kumar Singh. It has several rides and shops to engage kids and elders alike. As one explores inside, several unique shops of Diwali decorations and handicrafts can be seen.
Anil Saxena, one of the shop owners at the mela said, "My shop is of decorative and pooja items. The crowd that came to the mela on the first day was quite huge and so my sales were more than expected”. On being asked how this shop was allotted, he said, “I applied online for it. I have my vendor’s card and that was the only requirement along with an Aadhar card for the shop allotment”.
Fulan Devi, a 70-year-old woman and the owner of a diya and pooja decoration shop said, “The enthusiasm of the crowd is quite nice. I am expecting a good sale today."
Ravindra Kumar, another vendor who has an incense Sticks and candles shop said, “I am happy because I got a chance to sell my products here. Nobody has charged a single penny till now. This opportunity to sell products here will make our Diwali happy”.
Rajeh Saxena, a saree shop owner said, "I am selling all kinds of sarees, from Banarsi to Bengali in my shop. The crowd is quite good here. I hope the sales will rise in the upcoming days."
The security officials said that a total of 20 security guards are appointed here. Madan Lal Yadav, one of the security members said, "During the daytime, we do not have to bother much but in the evening, the crowd needs to be controlled”.