The Haat has been developed over an area of 7.2 acre at a cost of Rs 31.35 crore. The Chief Minister said the Haat’s connectivity with the Delhi Metro is one of its major advantages. Education minister Arvinder Singh and Members of Parliament Sajjan Kumar and Sandeep Dikshit were also present on the occasion.
The Pitampura Dilli Haat boasts of 108 craft stalls, an amphitheatre, food kiosks, a high-capacity air-conditioned restaurant and conference room, and ample parking space that can accommodate more than 400 vehicles.
Dikshit said the Haat has been developed with a number of eco-friendly features and is fully disabled-friendly.
Arvinder Singh said the crafts on sale had been priced reasonably and the common man could afford to visit the Haat any time. He said the Haat would recycle waste water through a sewage treatment plant and dirty water from kitchens and toilets would be treated and used in flushing and irrigation purposes, thereby meeting daily requirements to some extent within the Haat itself.
Roofs at the Haat have been painted green and a coco-peat bed is used to insulate its building from the heat and cold, and to provide an aesthetic and eco-friendly look to the whole premises. Toilets and drinking water points at the Haat are fitted with water saving faucets to conserve water.
Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi academies will stage cultural programmes till April 16 to keep the atmosphere of the inauguration alive. Entry to the Haat will be free initially.