GUWAHATI, April 25 - Hundreds of flower vendors in the city are incurring heavy losses due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown.
A florist Jayanta Barman of Panbazar said around 70 per cent of the total flower saplings were perished due to the ongoing lockdown.
�I am facing a huge loss due to the total shutdown. Nearly 70 per cent of my flower plants worth over 70,000 perished. All the remaining plants will perish in the coming days if proper care is not taken�, Jayanta Barman said.
�All the flower plants are lying on the footpath near the Nehru Park ever since the lockdown was imposed. We have sought permission from the district administration to water the flower saplings during the lockdown but nothing has been done in this regard,� he added.
There were 25 florists selling flower saplings in the Panbazar area but all of them are now going through a very tough time.
�50 per cent of the flower saplings worth Rs 20,000 are of no use. I urged the administration or the government to provide some spaces to sell those remaining plants. We know that the government has been providing some financial assistance to the poor but these are not enough to feed the entire family for a long period,� another florist Dipak Barman said.
Dipak Barman, who also owned a nursery in the Maligaon area, said, �Traders like me are suffering the heavy losses as there is no return on the investment.�
Moreover, all the flower shops in the city are closed due to ongoing lockdown.
�We have no orders for decorations for weddings or parties. There is hardly any demand for flowers now,� a florist Suraj Neog of Fancy Bazar said.