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There is yet another reason for the citizens of Uttar Pradesh to rejoice. Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh inaugurated The Lucknow Haat in 2015. It is an exclusive platform for exhibitions and sale of handicrafts. There are 5 floors which serve various purposes. The first and the fourth floors have new exhibitions held in them, every fortnight. The top floor has a food court with various eatables and local delicacies for people to enjoy. And the rest of the area has 36 permanent shops, in all. Spread over 25 acres, it hosts 80-90 craftsmen from the entire country.

The Lucknow Haat promotes tourism sector, the cottage industry, and handicrafts of the state. This is turn provides job opportunities for people. During the inauguration, the People’s CM said, “The Lucknow Haat would open new vistas for the artisans and weavers to showcase their talent and also sell their products. This will also generate employment opportunities. Almost all districts of the state were known for some art and craft or other and by connecting traditional handicraft and cottage industry to accessible markets and modern technology would benefit lakhs of families linked with it.” Khadi Gram Udhyog, NABARD, and SUDA are some of the organizations putting up a stall.

It will be interesting to know that the plan for this project was drafted in 2002 but could become a reality under the prompt leadership of Akhilesh Yadav, who envisioned it as a one-stop destination for handicrafts, cuisines and folk art from across the country. Apart from this, a Carpet Bazaar was inaugurated in Bhadohi and the state government is also working on establishing Weaver Markets in Lucknow and Ghaziabad.