ONE WOULD not have an inkling of what is in store from the widely advertised UP Crafts Mela being held at Bhopal Haat. Many do not know that the newly developed car park across the road is not a parking lot but a graveyard for cars.
Extended on the MP Nagar side to enable it to take in a larger number of vehicles, the authorities concerned seemed to have provided the lot fit only for heavy vehicles of a couple of tons or more with very high clearances.
The dusty uneven ground has ankle-deep ditches and is generously strewn with large-sized boulders, big enough to damage the chassis of the new generation low-clearance cars.
And the men deputed here by the contractor, regardless of the car’s condition, merrily lead in the unwary visitor in the darkness over these ditches and boulders to the latter’s peril. They did this to me and a boulder hit my car’s under-side. Mercifully, it did not hit any of the vital parts.
Giving visitors the usual short shrift, the organisers are only concerned about traders participating in the Haat. Having usurped the pucca parking lot for temporary stalls, most of which have remained unutilised along with some even inside, they pushed the unsuspecting car owners into the ‘wilderness’, passing it off as a car park.
The VIPs, their lackeys and the well-connected, however, remained unaffected, making most of the asphalted ‘plains’ between the temporary stalls and Haat.
The local government, under whose aegis the Haat has been organised, would do well to make it a proper car parking lot and then announce the same for general information.