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Currency ban cripples eatery outlets’ roaring trade in Okhla

Eateries in Okhla do good business with non-vegetable delicacies all the rage. In usual day, roadside eateries are flocked by not only locals but people from across the Capital.

However, since the demonization announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 9 in a televised message, the mushrooming eateries in Okhla are facing the heat with footfalls waning.

Several roadside eatery owners lamented that business has been hit hard since the demonization. People usually are just purchasing essential items fearing what is next, said a shopkeeper. Moreover, some eateries have shut their business and taken off to come back after things get normal.

Owner of Royal in Abul Fazal Enclave said customers are not coming these days and the business is really down. Interestingly, a few days ago he had refurbished his shop to attract more customers. His shop that usually is chock-a-block with customers wears a deserted look now. Other eateries located nearby too have the same story to narrate.

Another eatery owner said they have been hit hard with business down by 80 per cent. Moreover, many restaurants in the Capital are also seeing thin attendance as pockets run dry. The worst hit, are those who don’t have electronic payment facility.

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