It started with a bang, but automobile fans are now keeping away from the auto expo. Crowds, chaos, mismanagement and unclean surroundings, they say, are a big turn off for them.
Over 50 global brands are participating in the week-long event that began on January 5 at the Pragati Maidan. “It’s such a big event, but the organisation is just awful. The signage boards are too less. I walked miles to reach Hall No. 18 and then realised that there was a shortcut too,” says Reema Gaur, 26, a visitor.
“Bikes are my first passion. I wanted to visit the auto expo, but when I heard about the over-crowded pavilions, I dropped the plan,” says Ankit Malhotra, 24, who has also visited the Tokyo Auto Show.
“I made plans visiting as soon as the dates were announced. But, now I’m reconsidering it,” says Sanchit Rao, 29.
Business honchos, too, are disappointed. “The space is awful, the cleanliness standards are terrible. This is an international show, not a tamasha or an entertainment where families and kids can just walk in and think of having fun,” says Abha Firodia, chairman, Man Force Trucks.
“Compared to international auto shows, here we have found that the area is not so clean. There is garbage all around and the toilets are also not clean. In expos in Tokyo, Frankfurt or Chicago, these things are maintained very properly,” says Itaru Kado, member of the Takata India Board.