The 35th edition of the India International Trade Fair (IITF) held at Pragati Maidan, is opening for the general public from tomorrow.
People from far and wide are planning to visit the fair, which has ‘Make in India’ as its theme this year, and is soaked in colours of both Indian and international crafts.
Afghanistan, which is the partner country this year, is exhibiting saffron and dry fruits in abundance, while Jharkhand, being the partner state, is displaying handmade cloth in cotton and silk. Also, the kitsch accessories from countries like South Africa and Thailand are not to be missed.
While senior citizens will get free entry this year, young entrepreneurs have got stalls at discounted rates. Although the footfall at the fair creates new records every year, not all exhibitors are happy. “The number of customers is reducing by the year. We have been coming here for seven years, but the sales are not as good now as before. Also, the value of rupee has gone down, yet people ask us to sell the products at the same price that we charged seven years ago,” says Avi, an exhibitor from Thailand. The rush at her jewellery stall makes it a little difficult to believe her statement.
Be on a lookout for the three circular bus services introduced this year – to facilitate movement. And if you’re a little wary of facing the rush, sit back and take a virtual tour of the fair at virtualtradeportal