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Deserted atmosphere, 40-50% vacant stalls, summer festival in Urban Haat at low key.

UrbanBusiness in Urban Haat, CIDCO has got very dull with its summer festival. Though vacation time is on, Urban Haat found it hard to attract public. 40-50% of stalls are vacant, as artisans and merchants found hard to stay in deserted markets. Many merchants are going back to their home states or other market destinations, as they found fewer sales for their products. Though with the weekend cultural programs and amazing collection of Handloom and handicraft products, Urban Haat failed and remains in a deserted look.

Food products are the only market running with average profits with crowd. Konkan foods, Appooos mangos, Badi, Pappad, Acharand delicious food from Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan and Kholapur attract average public. CIDCO officials found various reasons for low key business and deserted look in Market. It is explained as due to very hot summer season that people choose to sit in homes and not to visit artistic markets.

CIDCO Urban Haat was conducting an “Everyday Haat” initiative to conduct continuous events and permanent to become an ever permanent Haat. For the first time Urban conducted a 3 month summer event as an experiment. Due to less crowd, summer events doesn’t get an expected market and also failed to attract people.

CIDCO’s Urban Haat is organizing ‘Summer Festival 2013’ where artisans and handicraft artists from different parts of India showcasing their works. The festival was kick started on 18 May and schedule to end on 9 June.  Weavers, sculpture, Hand loom and handicrafts artists display and sell their products here which reflect India’s rich cultural heritage.

Artisans from around 15 states are attending the fair. Silk and cotton sarees from Karnataka, Assam and West Bengal, blankets and towels from Haryana, leather products such as purses, bags, wallets from West Bengal, Maharashtra and Karnataka were expected to attract people.  For women, the fair is an ideal place to buy their favorite dress materials, footwear and sarees, but found fewer crowds.  The fair has a good line of products such as clothing’s and suiting for men folk too.urban haat entrance photo

Bal Jallosh for children is conducting.

Urban Haat is conducting Bal Jallosh 2013 on 1st and 2nd June for kids to have fun with various competitions and cultural programs. Cultural programs in amphitheater and exhibition hall which includes painting exhibition, painting competition, pottery making and puppet making are organized. Paper craft, rock painting, block painting, drawing and painting competitions, dance, puppet making, Tattoo and Mahanadi, pottery and clay modelling are specially conducting for children in the city.


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