Correspondent

Project cost Rs. 2.67 crores

  • It is designed on the Konark-Chandrabhaga Road
  • Its primary objective is to eliminate middlemen
  • BHUBANESWAR: Combining culture with commerce and showcasing the art, craft, culture and cuisine of Orissa, the much-awaited Urban Haat is coming up in the idyllic and tiny town of Konark Sun temple, about 55 km away from the State capital.

    Modelled after the Delhi Haat and the Ekamra Haat in Bhubaneswar, the ambitious project has been visualised and funded by the Ministry of Textiles with share of the State government. Being implemented by the Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) of the State, the project costs Rs.2.67 crore including the Centre's contribution of Rs.1.40 crore, according to source in the IDCO.

    Sprawling campus

    The sprawling campus with aesthetically designed hut-like building blocks on the Konark-Chandrabhaga road and a few furlong away from the world famous Sun temple will house an exhibition hall, stalls for food courts and sale of crafts and art works, a dormitory for artisans and a mini theatre hall.

    Artists, artisans, crafts persons, weavers and restaurant owners will be offered opportunity to take the stalls on rent for a month on a rotational basis.

    Its primary objective is to eliminate the middlemen and create a conducive environment for a direct buyer-seller relationship.

    Besides safeguarding interests of the artisans, the Haat will go a long way in promoting the tourism potentials of Konark that receives the largest number of foreign travellers to the state, says an official.

    Performing artistes of the state will also be encouraged to put up cultural shows on the Haat complex to provide night life for tourists to this world heritage site.