A spectacular cultural hub of the city, our very own Dilli Haat, witnessed a massive expansion when the city welcomed its third branch in West Delhi. After years of anticipation, the much-awaited inauguration of the Dilli Haat in Janakpuri was held on the 29th of May. BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh took the honours of opening up this amazing place to the public. The successful completion if this project has brought big smiles to the faces of the residents of West Delhi, who are extremely delighted to get an entertainment hub in their own area.
Developed by the Delhi Tourism Board, the Dili Haat at Janakpuri is a Rs. 80-crore project and is said to be the biggest one amidst the three of the branches. It has been built on and of about 9 acres and can boastfully house over 200 stalls, shops and platforms. Besides the stalls, it also has an exposition hall for holding exhibitions, an air-conditioned auditorium with a seating capacity of 800 seats and an amphitheatre. It also offers a large basement and a surface parking area for its visitors. The entire place is not ready yet and so the formal inauguration will be held only when when the auditorium, the fine dining, banquet hall and food chains floor are ready.
The Janakpuri Dilli Haat, which was conceptualized in 2002 on the intent of having a cultural hub for West Delhi residents, saw a grand opening right in the first week. A large chunk of crowd was seen flocking the place with much enthusiasm and excitement. The Haat currently has the handicraft shops as well as the food stalls running. It is absolutely an eco-friendly place with decorations of concrete towers covered with bamboo. Motifs of musical instruments can be seen all around the panels. Coming weeks will see a number of festivals which have been specially arranged to attract the crowd.
The Delhi Tourism Board has invested a lot of time and effort in changing the course of West Delhi. Dilli Haat is indeed a grand project and the success of this project is as important as it was to complete it. The government has done its bit and now its time for the public to turn this project into a grand success. The month of June could not gather much crowd at the haat, probably because of the scorching heat of the summers. We can only hope to see a change in the response as the weather gets better along with the monsoon.
Address: Lal Sain Mandir Marg, Janakpuri, New Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: Tilak Nagar
Nearest Bus Stop: Hari Nagar Bus Depot
Timings: 10 am to 10 pm
Entry: Rs.10 per person