Ten lakh people expected to visit Surajkund crafts fair

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Chandigarh, Jan 31 (PTI) Nearly ten lakh people areexpected to visit the annual fortnight-long crafts fair, whichbegins at Surajkund in Faridabad tomorrow.

The silver jubilee edition of the fair, whose themestate this year will be Andhra Pradesh with the partnercountry being Uzbekistan, will be inaugurated by Union TourismMinister Subodh Kant Sahay.

"The visitors this time are expected to touch 10 lakhmark and will cross the 7.54 lakh recorded last year,"Haryana''s Tourism Minister O P Jain said today.

Andhra Pradesh has been made the theme state for thethird time. Often described as mini-India, the eagerlyawaited fair will come alive in vivid colours bringing tofocus Indian folk traditions and cultural heritage.

The 15-day fair serves craftsmen with exquisite skillsand talents, not only from different parts of India, but alsofrom countries like Uzbekistan, Thailand and the neighbouringSAARC nations, as a platform to showcase their talent.

"Highly sophisticated CCTV cameras have been installedfor security and e-surveillance and special fire safetymeasures have been taken," Jain said, outling securityarrangements for the fair.

Organised under the aegis of Union Tourism Ministry, italso takes collective and concerted effort of various agencieslike the Development Commissioners of Handicrafts andHandlooms, and the Ministries of Culture and External Affairsin organising the mega event, he said.

Haryana Tourism and the Tourism Department of AndhraPradesh, whose Tourism Minister Vatti Vasant Kumar was alsopresent at Surajkund today, will jointly conduct andcoordinate the arrangements.

Special evacuation plans have been put in place formeeting any kind of diversion of traffic due to heavyfootfall, Jain said.

In the past, the fair has been inaugurated by variouseminent personalities including President Pratibha Patil andUPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

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