Artisans and weavers would get an opportunity through the Haat to sell their products
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that the Lucknow Haat would open new vistas for the artisans and weavers to showcase their talent and also sell their products. This will also generate employment opportunities, he added further. Mr. Yadav was speaking at his official residence after inaugurating the ‘Lucknow Haat’. He pointed out how almost all districts of the state were known for some art and craft or other and added that by connecting traditional handicraft and cottage industry to accessible markets and modern technology would benefit lakhs of families linked with it.
This was the reason, he added, that the Samajwadi government was working in a big way in this direction and only a few days back foundation for a Carpet Bazaar was laid in Bhadohi. In the same line, while the Lucknow Haat has been inaugurated today, the state government would establish Weaver markets in Lucknow and Ghaziabad, the Chief Minister said.
Mr. Yadav while lauding the ‘Mera Agra’ campaign, expected the secretary Tourism to hold similar ‘Mera Varanasi’, ‘Mera Lucknow’ and Mera Noida’ campaign so that not only tourism in these places is promoted but also to educate and inform the people of the rich heritage of these places.
Addressing the event, Tourism Minister Mr. Om Prakash Singh said that tourism sector was generating a lot of jobs in the state. Also present on the occasion were political pensions minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, minister of state for basic education Mr. Yogesh Pratap Singh ‘Yogesh Bhaiyya’, Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan, Principal Secretary; Infrastructure and Industrial Development Mr. Mahesh Gupta, Principal secretary (Information) Mr. Navneet Sehgal, secretary (Tourism) Mr. Amrit Abhijaat, Legislator of the Mahrashtra Assembly Mr. Abu Asim Azmi and others.
It is pertinent to point out here that the tourism department has constructed the Lucknow Haat in the state capital at a cost of Rs 992.39 lakh in Vibhuti Khand, Gomtinagar to bring handicraft items to tourists in Lucknow all under one roof. In the five-storey building, first floor is an emporium, the second and the third floors and for handicraft and handloom.
On the first and the fourth floors, 15-15 day exhibitions would be held. On the fifth floor food court facilities would be available. The Haat, in all has 36 shops. In this way, the Lucknow Haat has shops, exhibition hall, display areas, food court and parking in basement and ground floor.
Lucknow Haat will stand out also because it will exclusively be for exhibition and sale of handicrafts. Hence forth the Haat will also promote, along with the tourism sector, the cottage industry and handicrafts.