New Delhi: The annual India International Trade Fair (IITF), wherein over 6,000 exhibitors are displaying a wide range of products, has been thrown open Monday for the general public, registering a footfall of more than 70,000 visitors.
This year, entry tickets rates have been raised by Rs 10 to Rs 50 for adults and Rs 30 for children on weekdays. On weekends, they have been priced at Rs 80 for adults and Rs 50 for children.
After concluding the business days for the initial five days, the fair commenced for all visitors from November 19 to 27.
The first day of the exhibition for general public saw over 70,000 footfalls, an India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) official said.
"We have made extensive arrangements in terms of crowd regulation, ticket sales, public convenience and safety security of the visitors this time," he said.
The entry timings would be between 9.30 am and 7.30 pm on all days.
Besides the venue, the entry tickets are available at all Metro stations to ease long queues. There is free entry on non-business days for senior citizens and physically challenged, the official added.
For the convenience of commuters, free shuttle service is being provided from the parking facility to the fair.
Over 6,000 exhibitors from India and abroad are participating in the fair to exhibit a wide variety of products ranging from electronics, decoratives, FMCG and accessories.
As many as 487 foreign exhibitors from various countries like Russia, South Africa, Canada and Pakistan are showcasing their products. Last time, there were about 230 foreign exhibitors who participated in the exhibition.
This year Belarus has been given the 'partner country' status and South Africa the 'focus country' rank at the fair.
The theme of this year's IITF is "Skilling India", projecting the performance of the Central government and state ministries, departments and private sector in the related fields.
Besides private companies, PSUs National Small Industries Corporation, government organisations such as Khadi and Village Industries Commission and National Mission on Bamboo and Housing are among the participants.
A variety of cultural programmes are being held in the evenings. These include state-specific cultural programmes, music and dance recitals of classical and non-classical genre and gazals, qawaalees, street plays and puppet theatre.
The exhibition area has been declared 'No Plastic Zone' and 'No Smoking Zone'.
First Published: Monday, November 19, 2012, 22:31