Handicrafts, carpets, textiles, electronics, automobiles, telecommunications equipment and more — the 29th India International Trade Fair that begins on Saturday will have it all. There is a section for shoes, carpets, stationery, Khadi products and even a pavilion for cosmetics and healthcare. Sugar coated pill: The first five days (November 14-18) are exclusively for business visitors. The idea is for transactions to take place without the crowd. (Ticket cost: Rs 400 per day).
Last year, 18 lakh people came to the fair. This year, says Safdar Khan, Senior General Manager with organisers India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), “we are expecting 25 lakh visitors”.
Young ones have reason to celebrate this time. From November 19-27, the fair will be dedicated to the ‘general public’ and kids in uniform (if the principal has authorised the visit) will get free entry on all days except Saturdays and Sundays.
Keep in mind that you cannot light up on the premises as the venue has been declared a green zone. No cigarettes allowed. Or poly bags.
There is a new open-air amphitheatre, Pragati Angan. Khan says, “The cultural calendar has a lot to offer this year.” He mentions Indian classical vocalist Madhup Mudgal, who will perform on the evening of November 15, and Sonal Mansingh’s dance performance on November 16 (6 p.m.). Khan also recommends you catch the Kavi Sammelan on November 23 and a Natak from Orissa on November 24.
This year, Delhi and Uttarakhand are the Partner and Focus States respectively while Thailand and China are Partner and Focus countries respectively. Discounts and bargains seem unlikely, as Khan says the products will be sold at roughly the market price.
Nearly 7,500 exhibitors from India and 28 other countries are participating. Cuba, Papua New Guinea, and Nigeria are first-time participants.
There will be no need to walk up and down the venue to sample fare from different states as this year, a food court called Bharat ka Khana will allow people to eat at a central spot — a cleaner alternative that is less of a fire hazard. The food plaza, Bharat Ka Khana apart, Dilli Ka Khana promises much.
To help you get there, the frequency of Metro services to Pragati Maidan will be increased and DTC will run special buses around Delhi and the national capital region.
You can park at India Gate, from where shuttle services will ply. Other options for parking are by the water channel at Boat Club and the parking lot of the Delhi Zoo. Parking arrangements have also been made near Bhairon Mandir (behind Purana Quila).
The Delhi Police and ITPO have deployed adequate numbers of plainclothes security personnel. Police assistance booths have also been set up.
Available at metro stations, DTC bus depots and Mother Dairy booths. The tickets available at these outlets will be Rs 10 cheaper than those sold at Pragati Maidan. Entry tickets will also be sold at select petrol outlets of IOC, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum.
The cost of general tickets at Pragati Maidan for adults and children have been fixed at to Rs 60 and Rs 30 respectively on Saturdays and Sundays.