MUMBAI: With urban planners seeking ‘greener pastures´ to help citizens get away from the rigours of daily life, a new destination is being planned in Belapur near here as a “national cultural arena in the midst of nature”.
A six-hectare plot is being developed adjacemt to Belapur railway station close to the Pune-Mumbai highway to enable citizens and tourists enjoy a “slice of India” in the lush surroundings of natural settings.
“Belapur Haat” is expected to come up by the end of the year, in a thickly-wooded forest area, modelled somewhat on the lines of popular New Delhi hotspot, “Dilli Haat,” with the ambience resembling maybe Surajkund and beyond,“ said Deepak Kapoor, Joint Managing Director, CIDCO, the state agency involved in the project.
While the Dilli Haat is permanent, a bit more like a shopping destination and is in the midst of concrete the Surajkund fair is more natural and exotic, though it is an annual event.
“Ours will be a combination of both. Belapur Haat will be permanent like Dilli Haat, and would be more of an environment friendly destination which cataers to the needs of the locals and tourists, on a year round basis.
The aim of Belapur Haat is to provide a one-stop-one-shop (for culture) halt for those on expressways and for citizens to enjoy the diversity of India’s heritage in a microcosmic setting.
“The “Haat” is also being linked by a small bridge to the railway station to enable train travellers break journey, put up their feet, take in some good food, buy artefacts and just enjoy nature.