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With Delhi University having done away with the need to fill forms for admissions this year, vendors in and around campus are bracing for their worst ever sales of the past 25 years, during this month.

entertainment Updated: May 17, 2011 00:14 IST
Namya Sinha

With Delhi University having done away with the need to fill forms for admissions this year, vendors in and around campus are bracing for their worst ever sales of the past 25 years, during this month.

Every year, close to 1,50,000 hopeful students would throng Delhi University in the month of May in order to apply at various colleges. Given the footfall and the soaring heat, local vendors, be it cold drink or ice cream sellers or even rickshaw pullers, would make more than three times their usual daily earnings during the fifteen day admission period. But now, boomtime is history. “I don’t know what I’ll do this year. Last year I could charge upto Rs 30 for a trip to Kamla Nagar from the Vishwavidyalay metro station. Now things are so lean I can barely charge Rs10 on a good day,” informs Rajender, a rickshaw puller in North Campus.

While sellers of the popular cold drink, Banta, would sell upto nine crates of 24 bottles each during the admission season, now they are unsure of selling even two. Even the price of each bottle which is usually Rs 15 in peak season would sell at Rs 12. “For the past 25 years, admission time was the best for us. We would sell upto 200 bottles a day, and I would earn close to Rs 35,000 in just 15 days. This year, I haven’t even ordered for any extra crates,” says Edwin James, banta seller outside Hindu College.

Mohanlal, a bhelpuri vendor who sits outside Delhi School of Economics in North Campus, is still hopeful. “Form bharne nahi toh apna college dekhne toh aayenge hi. Kuchh to bikri ho hi jayegi.” (even if students don’t come to fill forms, they will come to check out their future colleges. I am sure there’ll be some sales.)

Last year was boomtime
* In May 2010, DU’s cold drink vendors sold over 2000 bottles each — earning upto Rs 35,000 in 15 days
* Each ice cream seller sold 1500 ice creams daily during the admission season
* Rickshaw pullers made upto four times their usual earnings, with some making as much as Rs 9000 in 15 days