Bhubaneswar, 04/12 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty ) : The administration gears up its preparatory activities in a team spirit for Toshali Crafts Mela-2015. An interdepartmental coordination meeting to this effect was held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today in secretariat conference hall wherein Handloom & Textiles Secretary Chithra Arumugam presented the updates and outlined the issues for discussion.
Reviewing the progress made so far, Chief Secretary has directed concerned departments to focus on traffic regulation and fire safety. He has directed to ensure safe wiring of all electric connections with appropriate protective measures to avoid any close circuit incident. The department had been advised to scale up the business turn over in handloom & textile products.
It has been proposed to organise the mela from December 15 to 27, 2015. This year the theme pavilion will showcase “IKAT” weaving of the State with tagline “Odisha Hand Wovens: Heritage Ethnic Wear”. There will be a separate stall to show case men’s wear developed by all 4 marketing organisations like Utkalika, Bayanika, Amlan and Sambalpuri Bastralaya.
This year, there will be nearly 445 stalls from among which around 150 stalls will be from other States. The Mela will have a food court with 30 established hoteliers and restaurants that will cater various Odishi and other delicacies. The cultural programme will be held every day from 6.30 PM to 9.30PM in collaboration with Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy and Department of Culture. The major attractions for this year are expected to be Ananya Sritam Nanda, Indian Idol Junior 2015 and an exquisite Fashion show.
It has been decided to keep the entire mela under CCTV surveillance with monitoring from central control room. Besides, the facilities like 24 hours fair office, round the clock security arrangements, first aid, ambulance service, wheel chairs for old and differently able persons, free accommodation to artisan and weavers will be made available in the mela. The Play zone for children will also be available in the mela.
Handloom & Textiles Secretary Chithra Arumugam said that last year the total foot fall in the mela was around 11 lakh and this year it is expected to go up to 12 lakh.
Police Commissioner Dr. R. P. Sharma, present in the meeting said that adequate security and traffic arrangements will be made in and around the mela.
Director Information & Public Relations Sushil Kumar Das along with senior officers from the concerned departments participated in deliberations.