If Diwali shopping hasn’t taken a toll on you already, then it’s time you got ready for the biggest fair in the city — The India International Trade Fair that kicks off at Pragati Maidan on November 14. The 32nd edition of the fair will have Belarus as its partner country, South Africa as the focus country and Uttrakhand as the partner state. One of the biggest features this year will be a mobile application providing all updates on the fair.
The theme of the fair will be Skilling India, focussing on the youth. “The theme will highlight different aspects of continuous upgrading of skills and globally recognised qualifications for youth,” says Rita Menon, chairperson, Indian Trade Promotion Organisation, ITPO.
There’s a big treat for the shopaholics of the city as over 6,000 exhibitors from India and abroad will be taking part in this edition. Stalls by about 250 exhibitors from 21 countries including Afghanistan, China, Canada, Egypt, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam among others will be displayed. “The idea is to give the visitors an international experience as always. The rich culture and traditions of these countries will be highlighted through these stalls,” says Menon.
At the South African pavillion, handmade collections of design will be displayed. This will include craft products, South African beadwork called ‘Zulu love letters’ and rock art among others. The Uttarakhand state stall will celebrate the music, local craft,
dance forms, edible products among other features of the state.
The fair is visited by about 1.5 million non-business visitors each year and the organisers say that the number has to be the same this year too due to limitation of infrastructure. “Though we have covered more space this time, we cannot accommodate more than this number,” adds Menon. The food outlets will have more food variety serving South Indian, continental, North Indian and state-wise cuisine.
Apart from other new features, this year, there’s a change in entry gate from gate number 3 to 1 on Bhairo Road. “We have taken this step to avoid the traffic jams on the road outside gate number 3, which connects Mathura Road,” says Menon. Other entry gates for visitors will be 2, 5, 7 and 8. Also, the tickets for the fair will be sold at all stations of the Delhi Metro.
Things To Remember
1. Entry for local visitors from Gate no 1, 2, 5,7,8
2. Date: November 14-18: Only business visitors (Ticket: Rs. 400); November 19-27: general public
3. Paid parking on Bhairo
Road, Delhi Zoo, Pragati Maidan Metro Station and India Gate
4. Tickets available at all Metro stations from 8.30am-5pm daily
5. Use of plastic bags is prohibited and the venue is a no-smoking zone
6. Free parking and ride service to Rajghat and Sunhari Pula
7. Lost and found: 011-23371730
Here you go...
What: 32nd India International Trade fair
When: November 14-27 (Entry for general public from November 19 onwards)
Where: Pragati Maidan
Timings: 9.30am to 5pm
Ticket price: Adult — Rs. 50 (weekdays), Rs. 80 (weekends, holiday) and Child — Rs. 30 (weekdays), Rs. 50 (weekends, holiday)
Nearest Mtero Station: Pragati Maidan on the Blue Line
An exhibitor waits for customers on a stand during the 2011 India International Trade Fair (IIFT) in New Delhi.