Good news for Ranchi’s tribal trinket and accessory fans! You’ll soon find your dream destination for shopping in the heart of the capital.
The state urban development department has selected a two-acre plot opposite Morabadi stadium for an ambitious Rs 2-crore mart project modelled on the famous Delhi Haat.
City-based architect Rajiv Chadda and urban development secretary Arun Kumar Singh have zeroed in on this site because it is centrally located and free of litigation. The former has already started drawing up the blueprint for Ranchi Urban Haat, as it will be known, after receiving the green light from Singh a couple of days ago. “After preparing the haat draft, we will start work in two months,” Chadda added.
Town planner with the urban development department Gajanand Ram said the project was in its initial phase. “This haat, which will be a treasure trove of tribal artefacts, will be a one-stop shopping destination for art buffs,” he said.
Ram added that the urban market, which would be built on the lines of Delhi Haat, would also offer a rural ambience to artisans who will get an opportunity to showcase their products on a stage that is bigger than their weekly haat in villages.
According to department officials, the Ranchi Urban Haat will boast 75 kiosks, a food court, an exhibition hall, an open-air theatre, public convenience facilities and dormitories for artisans. Tribal artefacts, bags and saris will be up for grabs.
The décor of the kiosks will change from time to time, depending on the occasion. However, it will be done in ethnic style, highlighting the rich tribal culture of the state.
Craftsmen from different districts will showcase their products on a rotation basis. For instance, a group of artisans from Simdega will stay put at the haat for 10 days, followed by another group from another district. However, officials are yet to decide on the number of days that each group will be allowed to do business.