Haryana Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal has said that in the upcoming ’35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2022′ to be organized from March 19 to April 04, the theme state is Jammu & Kashmir while Uzbekistan is the Foreign Partner.

        Sh. Kaushal was taking a meeting of officers through video conferencing in connection with the preparations for ’35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2022′ here today.

         He has directed the officers to ensure that all the preparations for ‘Surajkund Mela 2022’ should be made on time so that visitors coming to the fair do not have to face any kind of trouble.  He directed the officers to prepare a plan for free transport service from the parking areas to the Mela entrance for the convenience of the visitors and to ensure better traffic and parking arrangements.  He said that buses should be run from Tughlakabad to Metro station – Surajkund – Sector 21 round about and Purana Qila – Shooting range – Surajkund round about – Badarpur.

        He said that public facilities at Surajkund Mela Ground should be strengthened for better interface with the participants and visitors.  He directed that all the roads leading to Surajkund should be made on time and arrangements for cleanliness should also be made better.  He directed that adequate police force should also be deployed to maintain law and order during the fair.  He also gave directions regarding barricading and other arrangements at all places.

Principal Secretary, Tourism, Sh. Manoj Sinha said that tourists coming from the country and abroad will be able to book online parking through Paytm so that they can get parking facility as soon as they come to the fair. An app for the facilities of the entire fair complex will also be made through Faridabad Smart City  Corporation.  Online booking will be done through a ‘Surajkund Mela-App’.  Through this app, tourists will be able to find the location and direction.  Preparations are being made for this fair keeping in mind the infection of Covid-19.  He was informed that the timing of the fair would be from 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm, while on Saturdays and Sundays it would be from 11:00 am. For the convenience of the handicapped and the elderly, arrangements will be made for wheelchairs and other assistive devices at the fair.

He informed that Uzbekistan will participate as foreign partner in the ’35th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2022′ while Jammu & Kashmir will participate as the theme-state.  So far 30 countries have agreed to participate in the fair.  Last time around 12 lakh tourists had come to the fair and 1,200 stalls were set up by artisans, this time more tourists are expected.

Principal Secretary to Chief Minister,  Sh. V Umashankar and Principal Secretary, Transport, Sh. Navdeep Virk were present in the meeting.  Apart from this, Additional Chief Secretary, Excise and Taxation Department, Sh.  Anurag Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Art & Cultural Affairs Department, Sh. D Suresh, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Dr. Amit Agrawal joined through video conferencing.


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