<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela will begin today. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will inaugurate the fortnight-long event. The mela will remain open for public from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. till February 15. The organisers have set up help desk at all six gates where visitors can get all relevant information. They have also deployed a team of volunteers called ?Mela Mitra? to help and guide visitors in case of any emergency. The organisers also called this year’s fair as ‘Cashless Mela’ because all stakeholders have been provided option to opt for cashless transactions if they desire so. The visitors can buy mela tickets online. 400 artistes will showcase the art, culture, heritage, handicrafts and cuisine of the state during the next 15 days. An 18-feet statue of greatest freedom fighter of Jharkhand Birsa Munda has been erected. 21 countries are participating in the fair. The organisers have made elaborate arrangements as they are expecting 15 lakh people to visit the mela this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela to begin today