Dilli Haat: Handlooms, Handicrafts, Handlooms
Dilli Haat at Pitampura

Swanky malls, exotic multiplexes, and sprawling water parks, you name it and its there in North Delhi. But what it has lacked for so long is a culture, showcasing best of Indian culture, tradition and cuisine. But now things are definitely in for change for North Delhiites as the much awaited Dilli Haat at Pitampura, next to TV Tower, is getting final touches and te entire structure will be ready in a couple of months from now. "We are looking for the full fledged start of the project by September 2007 and we are in touch with all the concerned departments like DC handloom, DC handicrafts, etc., for timely execution of all the projects," said a senior official from DTTDC.

The Dilli Haat is being constructed by the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC) and its foundation was laid Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, in March last year. This will be the second Dilli Haat, after the one at INA, and is being constructed at an approximate cost of Rs. 23 crores. While the gates of this much awaited cultural center will formally open after some time but Delhi Tourism has already started organizing cultural shows here to make its presence felt. "Recently cultural events were organized on Baisakhi and now we are looking on celebrating Teej," said a senior official.

A lot of effort has gone into making this project eco-friendly and visitor-friendly. To avoid pedestrian-vehicular conflict, entry from both sides, i.e., Metro station of Netaji Subhash Place and Ring Road no.41 has been provided in a planned way. In addition plan for constructing a foot-over bridge on road no.41 has also been finalized. To solve the parking menace, which is a common at the INA Dilli Haat, 8000 sqm of basement parking space has been provided, with a parking capacity of 232 cars and 210 two wheelers.

Eco-Friendly Dilli Haat at Pitampura

Rain water harvesting system in the building

Sewar treatment plant (STP) for recycling of used water

Minimal pressure on civic infrastructure

Apart from the usual features of INA Dilli Haat food courts and crafts shops, there will be a spice market, sculpture court and art gallery in the Pitampura Dilli Haat. In addition to making proper arrangements for crafts exhibition and cultural festivals, this time arrangement has also been made for the accommodation of craftsmen. Keeping this view in mind, there will be a double storey dormitory for craftsmen with a capacity of 96 beds.

This is not the end of all, two more Dilli Haats are being constructed – one in Janakpuri in West Delhi, and its plan has already been sent to DUAC, and another at Geeta Colony in East Delhi.

Source: TNN