On Monday, the traffic police in Delhi released a warning alerting commuters to the possibility of severe traffic congestion on a number of routes.
One day prior to the 42nd edition of the Capital’s annual signature event, the India International Trade Fair (IITF), which is set to return to the renovated Pragati Maidan complex, commuters are advised by the Delhi traffic police to expect severe traffic on several roadways.
The trade show, which runs from November 14 to November 27, will open on Tuesday at 3.30 p.m. at the Bharat Mandapam. More than 40,000 people are anticipated to attend the fair on weekdays, and 100,000–200,000 people on weekends, according to the traffic advisory. It advised travelers to avoid Mathura Road, Bhairon Marg, Ring Road, Sher Shah Road, and Purana Qila Road, citing congestion as expected.
The theme of the exhibition this year is “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – United by Trade,” according to representatives of the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), which is in charge of managing the ITPO complex in Pragati Maidan, the location of the event.
According to a senior ITPO official on Monday, 482 private exhibitors and 3,000 exhibits from government departments and organizations have signed up for the 14-day expo thus far. “For this edition, we anticipate having at least 3,500 exhibitors. According to the official, at least thirteen international nations will have their items on display.
The states of Delhi, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Jammu & Kashmir are the focus. Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Iran, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Tunisia, Oman, Egypt, Turkey, and Lebanon are the overseas nations. “Since the Covid-19 outbreak, China, South Africa, and Korea have not attended the trade show,” the official continued.
The fair will be open to business visitors for the first five days and then to the general public on November 19. Except for the Supreme Court Metro station, officials noted that tickets, which cost ₹80 for adults on weekdays and ₹150 on weekends, may be purchased online or at 55 main Metro stations.
“At 55 Metro stations, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation began selling admission tickets for the ‘business days’ on Tuesday. The sale of tickets for the “general public days” (November 19–27) will begin on November 19. To avoid crowding, tickets won’t be sold at the Supreme Court Metro station or at the event, an official continued.
This will be the biggest trade show since the yearly event started in 1980, according to authorities. It will occupy an entire exhibition hall and have a covered surface of 110,000 square meters. Events pertaining to culture will take place at the renovated complex’s two amphitheatres and musical fountain locations. Over one million people are anticipated to visit during the course of the 14 days. They also mentioned that this is the first time the complex’s spacious subterranean parking spaces had been used for the trade show.
People were advised by the ITPO and traffic police to take public transportation to get to Pragati Maidan. According to the statement, “Those arriving by Delhi Metro may utilize the shuttle service to enter through gates 6 and 4 or de-board at the Supreme Court Metro station and enter ITPO through gate number 10.”
Source- Hindustan times