Business at small-time vegetable vendors and grocers was hit hard Wednesday as sellers refused to accept old notes and customers claimed they didn’t have smaller notes to pay for goods. Kishor Prajapati, 32, who runs a vegetable shop in Dharnidhar area of Ahmedabad, said that he had never faced such a lean day in the 20 years he has been in business. “I used to earn Rs 10,000 a day, but not today. Even wholesale vegetable market at Jamalpur is not accepting old notes,” he said.
Dipak Prajapati, 45, a vegetable vendor at Vasna market, said that barely six or seven customers came to buy vegetables till Wednesday afternoon. “Till yesterday, I used to earn more than Rs 4,000 a day. Today, I have earned less than Rs 500,” he said.
Angadia operators, the unorganised courier firms that survive on liquid cash, are closed till November 13. Notices were pasted outside several firms in Ahmedabad and Surat, stating they’d open only after Dev Diwali on November 14. The staff at one of the firms refused to respond on the new development.