Jagatsinghpur, August 1(LocalWire): The district administration today decided to open Bayan Gram or crafts village counters in different places of Jagatsinghpur district since the handloom products made by the women are in great demand.
A weaver’s craft village or Bayan gram was formed with families of weaver communities of Jaipur village under Chapada panchyat of Raghunathpur block with the help of Paradip Port Trust and the department of handloom, textile and handicrafts under the supervision of the district administration.
The model handloom village project aimed at the overall development of the weavers` community, which is famous for its unique weaving style.
Nearly 442 women from 90 weaver households of the village benefited from the project.
A common facility centre, a demonstration centre, sale outlet and refreshment room with traditional Odia food and basic infrastructures like connectivity, toilets and hotels were also erected in this craft village.
But during Cyclone Fani the village was completely damaged and no restoration or assessment of loss was undertaken.
Compensation has also not been provided yet to the affected women.
Today, Collector Sangram Keshari Mohapatra inspected Bayan Gram and reviewed the renovation and marketing infrastructure for the development of the community and promotion of tourism.
He directed the executive engineer (Works) to start renovation within 24 hours.
The BDO, Raghunathpur has been asked to widen the road from Cutttack-Paradip state Highway to Bayan gram and install proper lighting for safe travelling of tourists and commuters.
Mohapatra said, ‘administration has taken steps to market the handloom products in different places and we will open its sales counters at four different locations like market complex in the heart of Jagasinghpur town, Sarala temple and port city.
Two ACs and computer will be provided to this craft village very shortly.’
The administration has decided to seek help from corporate sectors for the development of this craft village and it will be discussed in forthcoming Rehabilitation and Periphery Development Advisory Committee (RPDAC) meeting.
Project director, DRDA, Saroj Kumar Mohnaty, BDO, Raghunathpur Panchann Pattayat and other officials of ORMAS, textile department were also present during this occasion.