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Pre-Valentine fervour down? Florists, jewellers in Chandigarh complain of low sales

punjab Updated: Feb 14, 2017 12:44 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Valentine’s Day

A florist with a decorated rickshaw on the Valintine’s Day eve in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Monday.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

Several hot spots in the city were devoid of enthusiasm on the Valentine’s Day eve on Monday, typically seen on the occasion every year.

Local florists, who used to do brisk business on the occasion, were not happy. The owner of FernsnPetals Store, Sector 9, said, “We have not sold any roses as of now. The sale may pick up on Tuesday. People usually start placing orders in advance but this hasn’t happened this time.”

Another florist in the same sector said, “The response has been dull at a time when we usually sell a number of bouquets.”

In Sectors 9, 10, 11 and 35 besides Sukhna Lake and Panjab University, there was no such fervour.

Discount offers by jewellery brands have not translated into sales either.

Vikram Talwar, president, Jewellers’ Association, Chandigarh, said, “There hasn’t been much sale of diamond jewellery items, except few silver items.”

There was not much action at Panjab University and Sukhna Lake.

The popular Softy Corner in Sector 17, that has come up with a ‘Valentine special flavour’ is also yet to see many buyers.

Five-star hotels in the city are offering ‘special romantic getaway packages’. Popular malls such as Elante Mall and DLF City Centre Mall, failed to pull much crowd on Monday evening despite having put decorations and offers.

770 COPS TO BE DEPLOYED IN CITY

The UT police will deploy 770 cops across the city as a precautionary security measure to prevent hooliganism on Valentine’s Day on Tuesday.

Four deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) including a woman officer, 16 station house officers (SHOs) and seven inspectors (two female) will be on duty from 8am to 5pm.