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Market Watch: West Delhi likely to get own Dilli Haat

Inspired by the popularity of Dilli Haat, the handicrafts, cuisine and cultural hub in south and north Delhi, the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) is contemplating to copy the same model in east Delhi. The only difference from the two existing Dilli Haats, at INA Market and Pitampura, will be that here the focus will be more on food. If opened, this will be the fourth Dilli Haat at the capital. Following the success of the two Dilli Haats in south and north Delhi, a
third Dilli Haat at Janakpuri in west Delhi is ready for opening.

A high-level meeting of the Delhi government on Thursday, chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, saw a presentation made by DTTDC officers on the proposed Dilli Haat. East Delhi member of Parliament Sandeep Dikshit, Delhi chief secretary D M Spolia, principal secretary (finance) Shakti Sinha, DTTDC chairman Manish Chatrath and the area’s member of Assembly Anil Kumar, attended the meeting. ‘The new Dilli Haat is likely to be constructed on the Shahdra Link drain near Mayur Vihar Phase-I. The drain will be covered and the Haat will be constructed over an area of six acres,’ said Dikshit.

‘The estimated cost of the project would be approximately Rs 170 crore and the foundation stone is expected to be laid in August. The Haat will be completed within two years,’ said officials. The capital’s original Dilli Haat near INA Market in south Delhi was also built by covering a drain. DTTDC sources said that though the department had a piece of land near Geeta Colony earmarked for the Dilli Haat, but  this plot was too small to build the food and crafts market.

‘The plot near Geeta Colony is just about 1.8 acres while we needed 2.5-3 acres for Dilli Haat. Also, a location such as Mayur Vihar is better suited for a Dilli Haat,’ an official said.

‘The location is suitable as it is close to Delhi Metro’s Noida line. Another Metro corridor, being built in phase 3, will be close to the site of the Haat,’ said a DTTDC official.
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