Hyderabad street vendors take top honors after securing quick cash from ban on single-use plastics
Hyderabad street vendors take top honors after ban on single-use plastics
Shortly after the Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) announced a ban on single-use plastic from July 1, street vendors at junctions in Hyderabad did not lose time to detect a new business opportunity. They now sell woven synthetic bags as an alternative to plastic. Not only are these bags with a small handle attractive as they come in metallic magenta, gold, blue, silver and pink colors, but they are also water resistant making them perfect for the on-going rainy season. .
Street vendors at busy intersections such as Jubilee Hills Checkpoint, No. 45 Jubilee Hills Road and Khairatabad are doing good business with these bags. They are priced at ₹100 a piece or buy two for ₹150 after a bargain. Ratan Raj, who sells them at the Jubilee Hills checkpoint, says the bags can also be used to carry small and light laptops.
Savvy sellers keep tabs on what is likely to sell best in any given season. Ratan says: “During the summer we sold strawberries, last year we sold a lot of big umbrellas; when everyone started paying through the app (scan), we sold card machines. Business karna hai toh ask wali cheez bechna (to do business we have to sell the things that are in demand). Sellers are apparently keeping an eye on online shopping sites for the trend.
Another vendor, Rajni, adds, “Cleaning these bags is easy. Buyers can match the bags with their clothes. fashion mein hai ye bags (these bags are trendy).
When asked why anyone would buy from them, Ratan laughs: “Our products are GST free and we are literally mobile stores. We can even cross the signal and run towards you.