CM Announces ‘India’s Biggest Shopping Festival’

Delhi Shopping Festival to be held in February 2023; CM says it will generate thousands of jobs, boost tourism

Delhi Shopping Festival to be held in February 2023; CM says it will generate thousands of jobs, boost tourism

The capital will host a month-long shopping festival between January 28 and February 26 next year, the Delhi government announced on Wednesday.

The Delhi Shopping Festival, which Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says will be India’s biggest shopping festival, aims to attract people from all over the world, boost local tourism and create jobs for city ​​habitants.

Global ambitions

In a video statement on Wednesday, the chief minister said the government planned to make next year’s event the world’s biggest shopping festival over the next few years.

“I invite people from all over the country and the world to book their tickets to visit Delhi for the festival, which will be a unique opportunity to buy quality products and experience the culture and tradition of the city,” said said Mr. Kejriwal.

He added that all markets, shops and malls in Delhi will be decorated and the products will be available at unparalleled discounts during the festival.

The chief minister said there will be exhibits on spirituality, games, technology and health, while artists from across the country and the world will perform in more than 200 entertainment programs during the month-long event.

He added that food would also be a major attraction at the festival, with special food walks scheduled throughout the month.

“The festival will bring together Delhi residents, businesses, business people and government as partners. We are in talks with hotels, travel agents and airlines to provide comfortable travel and accommodation arrangements for people traveling from outside to Delhi. Special packages will be offered to them,” said the Chief Minister.

Job offer

The Chief Minister, in his statement, said that the shopping festival will provide thousands of jobs for the people of Delhi. “Most importantly, the festival will create thousands of jobs. We have made job creation our priority, which is reflected in our budget and in every speech and interview I have given,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

The Delhi government will divide the city into North, South, East, West and Central zones, which will host different components of the shopping festival during the month. It will identify 15 iconic markets and 10 malls in all areas to host the festival.

The government also plans to extend this festival to neighborhood markets from the second year.

The government of Kejriwal had announced the organization of the shopping festival in its Rozgar budget, with an expenditure of ₹250 crore.

The government said the opening and closing ceremonies will each host 20,000 people as well as millions of online visitors. The big attraction of these ceremonies will be the performances of renowned musicians, film personalities, comedians and dance groups. The government said the closing ceremony will feature a colorful display of Delhi’s culture.

Government officials also said a large-scale city beautification campaign will be undertaken ahead of the festival, featuring street art, eco-friendly installations and the lighting of selected parks, monuments, flyovers, buildings. , metro and railway stations, airport, ISBT. , schools and colleges.

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