Pakistani traders miffed over ‘garbage dump’ setting at fair

  • Shradha Chettri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2015 08:57 IST
Visitors at the Pakistan pavilion of the ongoing 35th India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on Monday. The fair is on till November 27. (Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

The exhibitors from Pakistan at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) are miffed over the arrangements, with some even saying the hall allotted to them is no less than a “garbage dump”.

“We paid Rs 4.75 lakh for the stalls and the area they have given us is like a garbage dump. To even use the toilet we have to go out. Earlier, it used to be inside the hall,” said Sultana Shah of the Sada Bahar Fashion.

They listed the lack of fans, betel stained walls, and the location of their stalls in the hall among other grouses.

“It is so hot that we are having a difficult time even breathing. We do not know what will happen once the public starts visiting the fair,” said Bilal Ahmed of Jenays Designer Wear Industries Private Limited.

They were upset about being given a different hall this year as they believed it confused the visitors and hampered business.

“Earlier, all the other countries used to be in one hall. But this time we are here mixed with Bangladeshi and Indian exhibitors. This has slowed down and affected our business greatly,” said Ahmed Ali Mallick of the Marhaba Designer.

The IITF authorities claimed the exhibitors were just making an issue out of it.

“They should not complain as Hall No 1 is the one which is centrally located. We have changed it so that it becomes easier for them,” said a senior IITF official.

Meanwhile, the displayers said their number had come down this year owing to late granting of visas.

“This time, the customs tax was also high. For each suit, we were charged Rs 1,000. Earlier it wasn’t like this and this is another reason that many exhibitors have dropped,” said Tanvi Arif of the Sha Sha Beauty Collection.

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