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Shilparamam's 'Urban Haat' set to get a facelift

Rural flavour: Shilparamam’s Urban Haat undergoing transformation to increase footfall, in the temple city of Tirupati.

Rural flavour: Shilparamam’s Urban Haat undergoing transformation to increase footfall, in the temple city of Tirupati.   | Photo Credit: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

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Idea is to develop it in a phased manner

Stepping up their efforts to increase footfall, officials of Shilparamam's Urban Haat have embarked on revamping their existing facilities and simultaneously introducing new ones for the benefit of the multitude of devotees visiting Tirupati.

With focus on offering a little more than regular recreational parks, officials have introduced new rides, games and other amusement activities, aimed at creating a wholesome entertainment package for children and adults alike.

Magnificent idols representing the 'Dasavataras' of Lord Vishnu welcome visitors at the entrance, followed by several crafts outlets and an entertainment zone.

“We have recently inaugurated a recreational ride – 'ZigZag Cars' and a 'Bungee Trampoline' set up. Works are under way to revive the boating facility which would be reopened next month, with new boats replacing the old ones. We have also taken up painting of the facility and have completed refurbishment of the function hall,” remarked Shilparamam Administrative Officer (AO) K. Khadarvalli.

Mr. Khadarvalli said that an 'Open Gym' would be another addition to the Shilparamam and would be established a few yards away from the ticket counter.

The entertainment zone is also equipped with dashing cars, a playground area with swing sets and other objects, mechanical bull ride, darts and archery, balloon shoot out and much more.

“In addition to this, visitors can also view exhibits in Handicrafts Museum and enjoy regular cultural programmes during the weekend,” he added.

With respect to the master plan, envisaged by Shilparamam Special Officer B. Jayaraj, , the officials said that they have been awaiting approvals for its implementation, in ten acres of government land abutting the existing facility.

“The idea would be developing Shilparamam in a phased manner, first by introducing a botanical garden, scaling up the greenery of the place and would be followed by setting up of a traditional food court/restaurant, catering to all the local flavours in a village atmosphere. Visitors should be able to spend quality time with their families,” they added.

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