Mohali’s miniature link with Games

Mohali now has a connection with Commonwealth Games 2010,and fortunately,a happy one. Gary Arts,a unit engaged in the production of designer artifacts in Sector 73 here...

Written by Rajni Shaleen Chopra | Mohali | Published:August 20, 2010 12:50 am

Gary Arts,a unit engaged in production of designer artifacts,will make nine-inch models of Games mascot,Shera

Mohali now has a connection with Commonwealth Games 2010,and fortunately,a happy one. Gary Arts,a unit engaged in the production of designer artifacts in Sector 73 here,has been given the task of making nine-inch models of the games mascot,Shera.

Harsh Desaur,Project Officer (Image and Look) of the Organising Committee for the games,told Newsline: “The miniature model of the mascot will be given as souvenirs to VIPs and top officials who visit India for the games. Firms from various parts of the country filed tenders for making the miniature model,and the prototype submitted by Gary Arts was the best. It was exactly what we had in mind,” he said.

The contract has been awarded to the firm through Phulkari,the Punjab government’s handicrafts and handlooms emporium. Incidentally,the rates quoted by Gary Arts for the tender submitted by Phulkari were also the lowest – Rs 650 for each miniature model. The closest competitor had quoted Rs 1,850 for the same job. Abninder Singh Grewal,the 63-year-old owner of the firm,said officials in the selection committee were surprised that he could make such a fine product at such a low rate.

A K Chhabra,the Deputy General Manager of Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation,which owns and manages the Phulkari showrooms,said he was confident that the task would be given to Grewal. “His products are part of the collection at the Phulkari showrooms in all major cities of the country. They showcase Punjab’s heritage,and are of excellent quality,” he said.

Grewal said he had been nursing the dream of making mascot models ever since the Commonwealth torch was taken through north India. “I knew that models of the mascot would be made,too,and told the officials in Phulkari to watch out for the tender. When the tender came,I quoted absolutely the lowest price I could think of for the work. To host the Commonwealth Games is a matter of national pride for the country,and I am happy I have contributed to it in my own way,” said Grewal.

The miniature Shera is made of polystone and has a fine,glossy finish. The initial order is for 1,500 models,and more may be made depending on the demand for souvenirs at the games.

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