"We have decided to move the expo away from Pragati Maidan... it is getting way too chaotic to manage an event of this scale there," said a senior official of the organising committee. "We have also moved the event from January to February so that it does not clash with other global automotive shows. In 2014, the auto expo will be held at Greater Noida expo mart."
The shift would mean fewer people attending the show. In 2010, a record 1.8 million people visited the event making it the largest in the world. This year, the numbers came down to around 700,000 people but that did not help the management of the show. The automotive industry is clearly in favour of quality over quantity.
"The shift should have happened a long time ago," said Jagdish Khattar, a former managing director of Maruti Suzuki and currently the chairman and MD of Carnation Auto. "Pragati Maidan is not a place for a world-class automotive exhibition. It is scattered and unorganised."
Against a built-up area of 53,580sq m at Pragati Maidan, Greater Noida offers 27,648 sq m and an additional 25,000 sq m space that would be built up by February 2014. There is space for more hangars to be set up while shuttle services would be run from strategic points for easy access to visitors.