Shopping malls in the national capital were allowed to open from June 8. After this permission from the government, shopping malls were opened with security arrangements, but the customers have not returned to these malls. In many malls, only 20 to 25 percent of customers are reaching.
Lalita Sharma, who runs a women’s apparel showroom in a mall in East Delhi, said, “Only a few customers are coming here. Earlier we had five people working. Now only two of them are left. Both employees also have to sit empty throughout the day. “
Sharma said, “Before the lockdown, we used to pay showroom rent of 90 thousand rupees a month. Now it is not possible to pay that much rent. At the moment we will give 50 percent of our total income as rent.”
Rajesh Kashyap, who runs a digital camera showroom in a mall in South Delhi, said, “People in Delhi are in the grip of Corona in large numbers. That’s why people are still afraid to go out for shopping. Before opening the showroom every day, we get the entire area sanitized. We are not even able to pay the rent for the showroom now. We have demanded to reduce the rent. If this does not happen then we have more besides vacating the showroom There will be no option left. “
PC Jain, who sells glass decorative items at a shopping mall in Rajouri Garden in West Delhi, said, “At present, traders are coming to the mall just to open the shop. Most people are still shopping for only essential items.”
Jain said, “According to a survey on malls, restaurant sales in the malls have fallen by 70 percent. Retail sales of clothing and apparel have fallen by 69 percent and watch and other personal use items by 75 percent. “In such a situation, on the one hand, the showroom owners are constantly pressurizing for rent. On the other hand, the shopkeepers running the showroom do not have the money to pay salaries to the employees.”