Diamond hub reopens to subdued business
The diamond market at Opera House re-opened on Monday morning, but in the by-lanes behind the Panchratana building, it was anything but business as usual.mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2011 00:39 IST
The diamond market at Opera House re-opened on Monday morning, but in the by-lanes behind the Panchratana building, it was anything but business as usual.
Around the blast site the rows of parked vehicles and the cacophony of street food vendors were conspicuous by their absence. Shops and restaurants on the street remained closed and diamond brokers were milling around their trade hub with few clients to cater to.
"We are here because we have to get back to work, but it will take a few days for business to return to normal," said Deepak Shah, a diamond broker who has been working here for 25 years.
Back on the field on Monday, the blasts are the only topic of conversation.
"All we can talk about is how it happened, who saw it and which of our acquaintances were affected," said Kamlesh Shah, 60, another diamond broker from Malad who had a lucky escape when he left early last Wednesday.
"The blast occurred exactly where I meet clients, and I will have to go back there if my regular clients are to find me."
Although brokers are concerned about how business has been affected, fear was not on anyone's mind as they returned to work. The focus now is on ensuring security on the street.
"We wont' allow hawkers and will allow limited vehicles to park," said Bharat Trivedi, 52, from the Diamond Merchants' Association.