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Trade fair ends with over 1.2 lakh visitors

Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 28, 2012
First Published: 01:20 IST(28/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:22 IST(28/11/2012)

They walked, they saw, they shopped, they ate, they sat and some even took a nap on the green spots dotting Pragati Maidan under the glare of a late November sun.
After wooing residents of the Capital with fancy goods for two weeks, the 32nd India International Trade Fair, which began on November 14, ended on Tuesday.

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According to an ITPO official, around 1.2 lakh people visited the trade fair on the last day. "The participants will vacate their stalls and leave on Tuesday night. They will take away whatever goods are left by Wednesday," he said.

Many traders had already closed their shops and were out shopping themselves. "I'll get a couple of nice blankets from Delhi for my family," Md Azim from Dhaka said.
The final day of this annual fiesta ended with a festive spirit as a sea of people could be spotted all over Pragati Maidan. Most of the state pavilions — including Assam which won gold, Kerala silver, Punjab and Rajasthan the commendation award in the state category of the awards for excellence for this year's trade fair — had huge lines with people waiting their turn to take a look.

“As a family, we come here every year to buy some things, to eat at various stalls, to see different traders and their amazing products and be a part of this fiesta which has become a part of our life in Delhi,” Rajiv Saxena, a businessman from Laxmi Nagar, said.


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