Khadi Mall a Hit with Patna'ites

Patna's Khadi Mall attracts large number of visitors on Wednesday.

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Patna: A day after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated Bihar's first Khadi Mall in Patna, business was brisk on Wednesday as hundreds of customers were seen moving from one floor to another in the hope of buying a dress made of khadi and other handicraft items produced by the talented people of Bihar that are being sold at the mall.

Bihar Khadi Gramodyog Board Chief Executive Officer B N Prasad said that while the government is offering a discount of 10% on khadi products made outside Bihar, those made in the state are being offered a discount of 20%.

Billed as the nation's largest Khadi Mall, the four-storied shopping mall is located at the eastern end of the Gandhi Maidan covering an area of over 18,000 square feet.

Nitish Kumar (with Shyam Rajak) inaugurating Khadi Mall in Patna on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Chief Minister inaugurated the facility with much fanfare in the presence of ministers and top officials. He also garlanded a statue of Mahatma Gandhi to kick off the event. An on-hand tailor took his measurement for a custom-fit jacket for him.

As one walks into the building from the entrance on the bottom floor, one will see the reception area along with showrooms for footwear, lady's readymade garments, sari, and cloth materials for custom tailoring purpose.

Moving up on the first floor, visitors will see men's clothing and accessories including jacket section, shoes, and readymade dresses.

On the second floor, those interested in leather and paper products will be able to find items of their choice along with products made of bamboo and paper mâché. They will also be able to buy Madhubani paintings of various sizes and texture.

The third floor gives a panoramic view of the Gandhi Maidan along with a cafeteria that is yet to begin its operation.

The mall was originally said to cost Rs. 5 crore but the final cost went over by Rs. 2 crore, officials said.


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