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Courier companies loses Rs ‘30 to 40’ lakh daily


Courier companies loses Rs ‘30 to 40' lakh daily

NL Correspondent

SRINAGAR: The online businesses in have been badly hit by over three month ban on mobile internet services with courier companies witnessing Rs 30 to 40 lakh losses on an average daily in the Valley.

The e-commerce has been booming in Kashmir for the last few years. But the blockade of mobile internet services since July 8 has badly affected the online businesses in the Valley.

President, Kashmir Courier Association, Zahoor Qari said the online businesses have flourished in Kashmir over the years but the blockade of internet, shutdown and restrictions have “completely collapsed” the of courier companies in the Valley.

“On an average daily, the courier companies are witnessing the losses of Rs 30 to 40 lakh due to internet blockade,” he said. “We are completely dependent on internet services. People are not able to book anything online without the internet,” he said.

The mobile internet and outgoing of prepaid mobile services have been blocked since July 8 evening, the day three Hizb militants were killed.

Before introduction of online shopping in Kashmir, courier companies were not doing well and at that time only few courier companies were working in the Valley. But after online shopping gained popularity, the business of courier companies has boomed and now around 25 of such companies are operating in the Valley, employing over a thousand youth. “No courier company is presently working in Kashmir. The blockade of internet has affected all courier companies. It is also not possible for us to deliver the goods due to prevailing situation. Courier boys are sitting idle at homes as parents won't allow them to move out of their homes due to present circumstances,” he added.

Muheet, who is CEO of an online shopping website of Kashmiri products said they do no promotion of products through online due to blockade of internet. “We do some work during the relaxation hours but we have witnessed a huge losses for the last two months.

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