Intense heat wave leaves Jaipur panting

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Jaipur, Sep 28 (ANI): Even as winter is around the corner, Jaipur continues to reel from an intense heat wave.

The mercury is hovering between 40-45 degree Celsius in the month of September, making life difficult for locals.

Business in the city has also received a jolt thanks to the heat wave.

The tourist, influx into the Pink City has been severely affected.

According to shopkeepers, the excessive heat this year has reduced business to less than 50 percent in spite of festivals like Navaratri and Eid passing by.

"Our sales used to reach rupees 25,000 during this season every year, but we are not even able to have sales worth rupees 5000,"said Naresh Kumar, the owner of a garment shop.

"In these ten days, we used to do sales worth two lakh rupees but we haven't even touched 50,000 rupees. You can experience such heat in the morning around 10a.m. There are tourists, but most of them just window shop. There are customers who purchase, but are very choosy about shopping, making our margins very less," added Kumar.

Most people prefer to stay indoors, while those who don't have such a luxury wear headscarves and carry umbrellas to avoid the scorching sun.

"Diwali is a long way to go. During Navratri, we couldn't enjoy because of this weather. Even going to office has become tough affecting our professional life as well," said Manju, a local.

The Rajasthan summer has been difficult. (ANI)

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