New Delhi: The annual India International
Trade Fair (IITF) opened here on monday, with products from all
over the world on exhibition and sale to 1.4 million visitors
expected to throng Pragati Maidan.
The IITF, inaugurated by Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee, will be thrown open to the general public from
November 19 till its conclusion on November 27. The first five
days are reserved for the business visitors, according to
India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).
Though the organisers and the city policy are encouraging
visitors to avoid personal vehicles and use the Delhi Metro,
daily office-goers and other commuters would bear the brunt.
"Traffic congestion is expected on the days of the fair
at Mathura Road, Bhairon Marg, Ring Road, Shershah Road and
Purana Quilla Road," Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic)
Satyendra Garg said. He said various traffic restrictions have
been put in place for the two-week event.
For regulating the visitors, there will be no entry for
the fair after 4 PM on week-ends and after 6 PM on weekdays.
The police which has made elaborate security
arrangements, including close-circuit TVs, expects one lakh
visitors every day. The ITPO officials are projecting a total
footfall of 1.4 million during the event.
Inaugurating the fair, the Finance Minister said while the
Indian exports have performed well this year, "If the Euro zone
crisis prolongs, growth in exports will be impacted".
Over 6,000 exhibitors from India and overseas
countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, China will
showcase their products.
Diverse handicrafts from all across the country will add
to the theme of this year`s fair `Indian Handicrafts-the magic
of the gifted hands`.