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Many return disappointed on weekend

delhi Updated: Nov 27, 2011 01:21 IST
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Thousands of visitors to the India International Trade Fair (IITF) were turned away from the gates on Saturday, the last weekend of the ongoing annual event.

Heavy rush was witnessed at Pragati Maidan since morning. The sale of tickets was stopped around noon as the cap of one lakh visitors had already been reached by that time. However, ticket sale resumed for an hour in the evening. The fair will conclude on Sunday.

On Saturday, hundreds thronged Pragati Maidan, but returned disappointed as they could not get tickets.

Despite trying their best, visitors without tickets or passes were not allowed to enter the fair ground after noon. "We wanted to visit the fair for long, but we don't have a ticket or pass. Now, it's going to end today and we are going without visiting the annual extravaganza," said Suman Bhanu, a nurse in a private hospital. Another visitor, who works at a call centre, said, "I am disappointed. This is the only week-off that I get, but I can't go inside."

Some people with tickets were also denied entry to the fair amid allegations of black-marketing of tickets.

The Pragati Maidan Metro station looked chaotic as hundreds of people tried to enter the station premises to catch a train. The shutter of the Metro station was put down to manage the rush. The Delhi Police, CRPF, Traffic Police and DMRC officials were seen managing the crowd to ensure smooth passage of commuters at the Metro station. "The number of people is unpredictable. The Metro station gate was shut for about 10 minutes as there was a lot of rush," said a police official.

Announcements were made in the fair for visitors to beware of anti-social elements who were trying to transact fake R500 notes. The closing ceremony of the 31st edition of IITF will be held on Sunday and visitors will be allowed in as long as the one-lakh mark is not touched.