Government to develop craft market in Downtown

To revive dying handicraft of Kashmir, the Government is all set to develop craft market in Downtown here.

The Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) Baseer Khan said Saturday the market will eliminate middleman-ship and ensure that artisans will be able to directly sell their items to locals and tourists. The market will also provide a livelihood to unemployed youth of the Downtown, he said.

The Divisional Commissioner said that the upcoming craft market will be incorporated with Jhelum Water Transport and Smart City Project.

He directed Handicraft and Handloom departments to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) which include area specific data, artisans associated with Carpet, Wood Carving, Namda, Ghaba, Shawl, Sozni, Chain Stich, Papier Machie, copperware, Khatamband and other handicraft works.

The financial assistance, training centres, market availability in the country and abroad, e-sales and other components shall be incorporated in DPR, the Divisional Commissioner directed the department, adding that the DPR should reach his office within 20 days for further action.

Additional Commissioner Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir, Additional District Development Commissioner K K Sidha, Joint Director Handicrafts, Handloom Development Officer, Deputy Director Tourism and other officials were present in the meeting.