Trade fair from Nov 14, less space this year

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO -

NEW DELHI: As Pra­gati Maidan is un­der­go­ing a makeover, ex­hibitors will be fac­ing the is­sue of lesser avail­abil­ity of space at the 14-day In­dia In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair (IITF), start­ing November 14.

“This year, the avail­able ex­hi­bi­tion space is al­most one-fourth of the pre­vi­ous IITF edi­tions due to im­ple­men­ta­tion of the IECC (in­te­grated ex­hi­bi­tion cum con­ven­tion cen­tre) project at Pra­gati Maidan,” the com­merce min­istry said.

It said al­though it is extremely dif­fi­cult to re­duce the size of the fair and main­tain a reg­u­lar for­mat of the event, the or­gan­iser In­dia Trade Pro­mo­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ITPO) has made ex­ten­sive ef­forts to en­sure rep­re­sen­ta­tion of all im­por­tant sec­tors as well as for­eign par­tic­i­pants in the avail­able space.

Nearly all states and union ter­ri­to­ries will con­tinue their pres­ence in the fair. The part­ner coun­try is Afghanistan and the fo­cus coun­try is Nepal. The fo­cus state this time is Jhark­hand. Theme of the fair is ‘Ru­ral En­ter­prises in In­dia’.

The re­de­vel­op­ment of Pra­gati Maidan into a state-of-the-art IECC shall be com­pleted by Au­gust next year.

The ITPO is the nodal agency un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of the Com­merce Min­istry en­trusted with the re­de­vel­op­ment of Pra­gati Maidan.

Around 800 par­tic­i­pants from states/govern­ment de­part­ments, do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies are taking part with con­sid­er­able par­tic­i­pa­tion of ru­ral ar­ti­sans, crafts­men and SME en­trepreneurs. For­eign par­tic­i­pa­tion in­cludes busi­nesses from Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Iran, Myan­mar, Nepal, Nether­lands, South Africa, South Korea, Thai­land, Turkey, Tu­nisia, Viet­nam and UAE.

This year, en­try of the vis­i­tors will be fa­cil­i­tated through only three gates -- Gate No. 1 (on Bha­iron Road), Gate No. 8 (on Mathura Road) and Gate No. 10 (Pra­gati Maidan Metro Sta­tion). En­try to the fair­ground will be al­lowed from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. It will end at 7.30 pm.

ITPO has ear­marked ini­tial four days (November 14-17) for the busi­ness vis­i­tors. En­try rates for busi­ness days per per­son will be Rs 500 and sea­son ticket Rs 1,800. For all the vis­i­tors dur­ing pub­lic days (November 18-27), ticket charges on Satur­day/sun­day/pub­lic holiday per adult will be Rs 120 and Rs 60 for chil­dren.

For work­ing days, the ticket cost will be Rs 60 for adult and Rs 40 for chil­dren.

Ticket book­ing as well as sale of tick­ets will be car­ried out at 66 se­lect metro sta­tions ex­cept Pra­gati Maidan Metro Sta­tion (no sale of en­try tick­ets at Pra­gati Maidan Gates). “This year, ini­tia­tives are be­ing taken to en­sure has­sle-free en­try of the vis­i­tors. Apart from ded­i­cated post of­fice, banks and ATMS, other fa­cil­i­ties in­clude me­dia cen­tre, pro­to­col, and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness cen­tre.

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