Dwarka new home for fash frat?

The fashion fraternity's hunt for a new home might end in Dwarka, reports Moushumi Das Gupta.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 02:10 IST

When bulldozers brought down the MG 1 and MG 2 showroom in February, the city’s trendy people lost their fashion street. Now, the fashion fraternity is looking for a new home. Their search might end in Dwarka.

Designers of the city have approached the Union urban development ministry to provide them with space to construct a mini-fashion district. The DDA and the ministry are considering carving out space for them in Dwarka. The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has also submitted the proposal to the Union textile ministry.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is already considering the proposal. Dinesh Rai, DDA vice chairman said, “DDA is interested to promote a fashion district in Dwarka. We have written to FDCI asking them to give more details like how much space they want, the type of model that they would adopt to set up the fashion district.”

The designers have ambitious plans. “It will be a composite hub with facilities like boutiques, a textile museum, a craft museum and a reference library on textile and fashion,” said FDCI director general, Rathi Vinay Jha.

Jha added, “The idea is to have a comprehensive set-up highlighting Indian fashion. If designed properly it can become a major tourist attraction.”

He added, “We had a meeting with the Union textile secretary recently to discuss the proposal to set up a fashion district. We are working out the details of the project.”

The showroom, constructed in New Manglapuri village on Mehrauli-Gurgaon road, housed 144 designer outlets.

The plaza had been built on lal dora land, meant only for residential purposes of the local population, irrespective of the year of construction.

First Published: Nov 15, 2006 02:10 IST