The First day of the trade fair for general public didn’t seem to be a smooth ride.
After standing for hours in the entry queue at gate number 10 — entry point from the Metro station side — the visitors had a tough time navigating the venue as well. What added to the chaos were the confusing maps and signboards at the venue.
“The maps do not indicate anything properly and there are not enough signboards. Even information kiosks are not placed at strategic locations. I want to visit the Pakistani pavilion but have no idea where it is,” said Ankita Singh, a visitor.
Clueless visitors were seen asking policemen about the location of pavilions who themselves had very little idea about it. “My wallet got flicked at the entry gate. I need to file an FIR but don’t know where control room is,” said Neeraj Kwatra.
Even the tickets counters at the Metro stations were closed down in the afternoon. “The organisers didn’t give any prior notice that the counters would be shut down at 2pm. We thought the tickets would be available till 4pm,” said a disappointed Nayan Sapra.
Assuring visitors of a hassle- free visit, PC Sharma, GM, security, ITPO said, “We’ll definitely look into the matter to make the visit to trade fair more comfortable.
Dogs roam freely inside the fair
The Delhi Police and the organisers may claim that they have sanitised the venue and have ended the possibility of a terror strike, but still a potential threat looms large over Pragati Maidan.
However, the threat is not due to any terror attack but because of stray dogs roaming inside the venue. Dogs roam freely and have created havoc inside the premises.
“These dogs are the real potential threat. They can bite anyone, especially the kids,” said Prerna Trivedi, a visitor.
“We’ll definitely throw them out. The venue was cleared during preparations, but I think, some have managed to remain inside,” said PC Sharma, GM, Publicity, ITPO.