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Beat the Heat with Mangoes: 3-Day ‘Delhi Summer Festival’ for Aam Aadmi at Dilli Haat

100 hai daam, kitne khao aam (Eat as many mangoes as you want, only at Rs.100)”, is the tagline of the mango eating event which is open to all with only an entry fee of 100 INR

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Handloom and other craft items fair are regularly organised at the Dilli Haat Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • The Delhi government has decided to merge the annual mango festival with the “Delhi Summer Festival” this year , said Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra
  • The event to be held at Dilli Haat between June 24 and June 26, is the first summer festival to be organised in the Capital
  • A mango-eating competition will be one of the major attractions at the Delhi Summer Festival

The Delhi government announced a three-day summer festival at Dilli Haat in Janakpuri on Wednesday, June 15.

The government usually organises a mango festival every year, but this year, in 2016, it has decided to merge it with the “Delhi Summer Festival”, said Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra to The Hindu. The event, to be held for the first time in the Capital, will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on June 24.

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The festival boasts of a variety of attraction including dancers, singers, musicians and bands, comedians, illusionists and a mango eating competition to mark the regular Mango Festival of the city.

Mango Festival at Delhi. Image source: The Hindu
Mango Festival at Delhi. Image source: The Hindu

“100 hai daam, kitne khao aam (Eat as many mangoes as you want, only at Rs.100)”, is the tagline of the mango eating event which is open to all with only an entry fee of 100 INR. Summer fruits, beverages, desserts, smoothies, frozen yoghurt, etc. are on the menu for quick ‘beat-the-heat’ drinks, said the Hindu report.

“I am very excited to be in Delhi at this time of the year. I feel that finally, my struggle in the Delhi heat has paid off well,” says an American tourist on a one month stay at South Delhi.

An event at Dilli Haat Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
An event at Dilli Haat. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

According to the Hindu, other than handlooms, fabric, junk jewellery and other summer craft items, the festival will showcase easy to prepare and healthy summer food. Since the festival has been merged with the annual mango festival, it will be a great opportunity from growers across the country to display their home-grown, hybrid and traditional varieties of mango.

Delhi Tourism Ministry said “the festival will remain open between 11 AM to 10 PM, from June 26 to June 26”, listing Tilak Nagar as the nearest metro station.

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Dilli Haat is an open air ‘bazaar’ that plays host to colourful regional, national, and international food plaza and craft fairs. Located just opposite the INA market, the plaza remains a major tourist attraction due to its multipurpose open ground facility and easy access from various locations around the city.

– prepared by Maariyah Siddiquee, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @MaariyahSid

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is so exciting. This should be done in Mumbai too. Mumbai would have huge response due to its divergent population.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Of course, this time Dilli Haat will attract good number of tourists and inhabitants but Mango festival is a unique festival and should not merge with anything.

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Pollution Severe In Delhi In Spite Of Odd-Even Scheme: SC

SC says despite odd-even scheme, pollution in Delhi became severe

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In spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level. Pixabay

The Supreme Court on Friday said in spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level, and again called the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Harayana and Uttar Pradesh, to report on measures taken to curb air pollution particularly related to stubble burning.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said, “Do not give exemption to two-wheelers, and it will work.”

During the hearing, the judges scrutinized the Odd-Even scheme of the Delhi government in respect of air quality index data gathered in the past two years. The judges queried the Delhi government counsel, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, what purpose the scheme served by keeping out cars which contribute mere three per cent of the total pollution.

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The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Even scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. Pixabay

The court observed that Delhi’s local pollution is a major problem, if stubble burning which contributes 40 per cent is kept out.

“According to the authorities, stubble burning has reduced to somewhere near five per cent now…we are concerned about Delhi’s local air pollution. What is the government doing?”

The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Eeven scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. “Question is what are you gaining by this scheme?” observed the court.

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Further commenting on the social aspect of the Odd-Even scheme, the court said “Odd-Even will only affect the lower middle class but not the affluent ones since they have multiple cars… Odd-Even isn’t a solution, but public transport could be. But nothing has been done about that”, said the court.

The hearing on the matter will continue on November 25. (IANS)