CDA start works on Arts n Craft Village
The Capital Development Authority is to start work from May one on carving out an Arts and Crafts Village at the foot of Islamabad’s scenic Margalla hills. The rupee 120 million project aimed at showcasing the country’s cultural heritage and promoting handicrafts will be completed in one year. The CDA has acquired 25 acres of land from private owners for the project designed by consultant Naeem Pasha, who was selected from amongst several competitors
The Indus Heritage, a non-governmental organization, has been associated with the project to provide artistic input, the official said. The CDA will carry out the project depending on its own resources. The village will have a cluster of huts and houses representing cultural aspects of different regions of the country. About 40 to 50 stalls will be built for craftsmen and artisans, besides 10 food stalls for serving a variety of local food. The area will also have a design studio, an administration block, an open- air theater, a hostel and residential quarters (Sarai), walking and jogging tracks and a play field for children. The official said artists from all over the country will be invited to the village. They will not only work here but also impart training to others.