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Uttar Pradesh to soon get its first handicrafts park!

With a strategic location near the upcoming Jewar Airport, the park will also propel wider exports of natively developed items.

In a move to scale up the state's industrial infrastructure, the UP administration has initiated plans to establish the state's first handicrafts park in Sector 29 of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA). Covering an expanse of 50 acres, the park would house factories and nearly 76 industrialists have already acquired land at the park. As per the available information, the manufacturer/producers will set up their centres at the cost of ₹403 crores.

UP's different arts & craftsmen to be brought under a single roof

It is expected that a total of 22,144 individuals will get employment through the upcoming factories at the handicrafts park. It will encapsulate workshops, factories and outlets, displaying and retailing an array of handicrafts from the state. This would not only help in catching the eye of the domestic buyers but will also garner attention at the international platforms. Besides, the park will evolve as a conservation storehouse for the state's artistic heritage in addition to fuelling economic growth.

Ranging from Banarasi sarees and Moradabad's brass work to Kannauj's perfumes and Lucknow's Chikankari, Uttar Pradesh is home to a string of fascinating art forms. Additionally, the terracotta works from Gorakhpur, have received global patronage. Notably, each UP district has at least one such product, that resonates with its innate identity. Now, all such products and their craftsmen will be aggregated under one roof at the planned park.

Delhi-NCR residents to get easy access to local products from UP

Amongst the renowned entrants at the park, Vikas Exports, The Silk Factory, Rateria Exports, Narayan Creation, Wazir Chand & Co, Dux India Industries Pvt Ltd, Dawar Footwear Industries and Specialist Home Concepts, have been allotted land at this park. Vikas Exports, dealing in wood, metal and marble work, has received 5,000 square metres for setting up its factory.

Once the park is ready, Delhi-NCR residents will be able to buy local products from Lucknow, Meerut, Bareilly, Firozabad, Agra, Varanasi, Chandauli, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Azamgarh, Mirzapur and Jhansi and Lalitpur. With a strategic location near the upcoming Jewar Airport, the park will also propel wider exports of natively developed items.

A move to strengthen the handicrafts industry in the state

It is noteworthy that initiatives like ODOP and 'Vishwakarma Shram Samman', have been operational in the state for encouraging the development of local art and crafts. Besides, Mati Kala Board has been instituted to motivate and safeguard the local artisans. Additionally, sufficient training and market resources are also provided to these workers as a part of this scheme. Now, the upcoming park will further strengthen the handicrafts industry in the state.

- With inputs from IANS

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