Tajikistan: Bazaar Blaze Highlights Market Shortcomings | EurasiaNet.org

Posted: October 6, 2012 in Economy and Resources, Law, Politics, Resources, Tajikistan

….This is at least the fifth fire to ravage Korvon in less than a decade; many vendors suspect arson, though some blame an electrical short. The last blaze was two years ago, but it was half the size, said a Koran seller whose holy books also went up in smoke. He lost more than $8,000, he said while wiping the soot off his feet with the charred remains of colorful fabric for chakans, the baggy dresses worn by many Tajik women.

Vendors say they paid the market’s owner a one-time fee of $4,000 a square meter, plus 80 somoni a month (about $16), per square meter. But most don’t have insurance. “Nobody told us to [buy insurance],” said Jon, a fabric seller who had eight stalls in Korvon. “We didn’t think of it.”

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