Baba Kharak Singh Marg is ready to become the epicenter of revelry and shopping for tourists and Delhiites during the Commonwealth Games.
A 1-km stretch starting from Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhavan, across the road from Rivoli theatre, is being developed as the hotspot for the Incredible India Festival.
Hundreds of craftsmen will assemble at the festival with their work from all over the country for an traditional arts extravaganza. A Food Bazaar with ethnic cuisines prepared by chefs will also be in place to keep the spirits of celebration during the Games high.
Starting at midday, the festival will go one till midnight during the Games. “We have made space to accommodate 4,000 visitors at a time,” said Ved Pohoja, whose company is carrying out the project on behalf of Indian Tourism.
You won't be able to recognise the stretch of the road during the Games."
To cast a “Shahjahan-era” theme on the festival, 50 larger-than-life size statues — depicting a Mughal king’s entourage complete with palki, courtiers, camels and soldiers — made of ropes, are being installed as the face of the festival venue.
The ropes, costing Rs 14 lakh, were brought from Hapur and Kanpur to complete the project.
“It is said that ropes vanished from these cities because we bought them all for this,” he said.
Unofficially being termed as the Capital’s new entry point, since the Rajiv Chowk station of Delhi Metro's new airport link opens here, the Baba Kharak Singh Marg might
find a new lease of life through the festival.
At the official city guide for the athletes and the delegates, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and the state handicraft emporia are mentioned as the official shopping spots for India-centric purchases.
Madhubani paintings from Bihar, mud and mirror work from Gujarat, bamboo work from Tripura, leather craft from Karnataka and other such ethnic works have been used to highlight the various aspects of the place, including lampshades and street furniture.
Keeping with the Green Games, all the stalls and specially designed tables and benches have been made of bamboo. “This road has all the main religious sites here. The Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, the Sacred Heart Cathedral, a mosque and the Hanuman temple make this an ideal showcase of spiritual India,” he said.