DHARAMSHALA 9 August 2011: Tibet Mall, a 12,000 square feet shopping mall under the aegis of the Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives (FTC) is coming up at the IT city of Bangalore, south India and will be operational by October this year.
Speaking to Phayul, CEO of FTC, Tashi Wangdue said, “Tibet Mall in Bangalore is just a pilot project and many more Tibet Malls will be opening up in other cities if the pilot project succeeds.”
The fully air conditioned mall will have 16 shops and a branch hotel and restaurant of the famous Hotel Tibet chain. For the added convenience of the visitors, the mall will feature tourism and visa services, a spa-salon and a Tibetan medical centre. With 24 hours CCTV security and parking facilities the mall promises to attract visitors in one of India’s richest cities.
“We opened for bookings on June 1 this year with formal advertisements on websites and posters and closed on June 30. There was a huge demand for the shops and we accepted bookings on first come first serve basis.” The CEO said “most of the shops were booked by the Tibetan shop keepers in Bangalore.”
“It is a very good initiative by the Tibetan cooperative society,” said Dawa Chungkulu, a senior Chartered Accountant student in Chennai. “I think it will provide a perfect platform for upcoming Tibetan entrepreneurs,” added Dawa.
FTC is also launching an air conditioned bus service “Nyamdel Bus” from Sera monastery, Bylakuppe to Tibet Mall in Bangalore and will be operational the same day of the mall’s opening.
“Nyamdel Bus will charge a full hundred rupees less than other AC bus services plying the same route,” Tashi told Phayul.
“Come on the opening day of the mall for freebies and discounts,” Tashi added.
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