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Flower biz losing fragrance post anti-Romeo drive

Florists lament sudden dip in business after the anti-Romeo drive.

lucknow Updated: May 15, 2017 18:01 IST
HT Correspondent
Florist shops lying deserted in city.
Florist shops lying deserted in city.(HT Photo)

After city parks, florist shops are also lying deserted ever since the police launched a statewide drive to keep a check on ‘roadside Romeos’ to ensure safety of female commuters.

Florists lament sudden dip in business post the anti-Romeo drive. “It was a good step to begin with, but over-zealous cops failed to implement it properly. Instead of saving females from harassment, the drive became a reason of harassment for youths. And this badly affected our business,” said Naved Ahmed, a florist who owns a shop in Indira Nagar.

Ahmed said youths who form the major chunk of consumers for florists now prefer to stay indoors fearing harassment by cops. “In such a situation buying roses for their beloved is a distant dream for them,” he added.

The city has around 200 florists. And shops falling in the areas where footfall of youths is more are the worst hit. One of the most affected areas is IT Crossing. With institutions like IT College, Lucknow University, Karamat Hussain Muslim Girls’ Degree College and others in vicinity, this crossing used to be the most preferred areas for florists.

“In the last 10 days, our sales have reduced to zero. Not a single youth has turned up to buy a rose. It’s strange,” said Sameer Khan, another florist who owns a shop at IT crossing.

Indira Nagar, Kapoorthala, Hazratganj and Gomti Nagar areas have also seen a dip in flower business. Slamming the anti-Romeo drive, florists said there should be proper directives to the cops to ensure effective implementation of the campaign.

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