VIJAYAWADA: For the people of Vijayawada and devotees visiting Kanaka Durga temple, the World Tourism Day celebrations and Vijayawada Shopping Festival going on at Berm Park are serving as special attractions.
More than 70 stalls of tourism departments of various states, handicrafts and handloom stalls have been set up. Also, special stalls like the replicas of Srisailam and Tirumala temples were set up apart from the one showcasing the Kondapalli toys.
Besides stalls, lively Dandiya dances and classical dance performances are also being organised. The exhibition is the first of its kind in Vijayawada with all special features required to attract people.
“Though I am from Hyderabad, I know very well about Vijayawada. The shopping exhibition is the first-of-its kind in the city and it is a nice experience to participate in it,” said C Kalpana, a trainer from Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, APTDC officials feel that the traffic restrictions around Berm Park due to Dasara Mahotsavams are serving as obstacles for the visitors and devotees coming to Durga temple to visit the exhibition.
“Nearly 20,000 visitors came to the exhibition Sunday. Besides attracting local people, we thought that even devotees visiting Kanakadurga temple will come to the tourism and shopping festival. But due to traffic restrictions at Durga temple, the visitors are facing problems. Besides coordinating with the police to ensure free movement to Berm Park from the Durga Temple, we are creating an awareness about the exhibition in and around Durga temple,” said APTDC divisional manager T Baboji.