Annual IITF to open on Nov 14
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 17:19
New Delhi: As many as 1.4 million people are expected to throng the fortnight-long India International Trade Fair (IIFT), kicking off at Pragati Maidan here from November 14.

The first five days of the trade fair would be reserved for business and trade visitors. The 31st edition of the annual IITF will open for the general public from November 19 to 27.

Over 6,000 exhibitors from India and abroad, showcasing a range of products, will take part in the fair.

Traffic restrictions would come into force around Pragati Maidan. Vehicles will be allowed to park at Ashpond, Delhi Zoo, Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan Metro Station and Purana Quila, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) Chairman- cum-Managing Director Rajeev Kher told reporters here.

Elaborate security arrangements, including close-circuit TVs, have been made, he said. X-ray baggage scanners will be available at all entry points.

Twenty-seven states and Union Territories, besides PSUs like Khadi and Village Industries Commission, National Small Industries Corporation, National Mission on Bamboo and Housing and Housing and Urban Development Corporation will be among the participants.

While West Bengal and Jharkhand are the "partner States" this year, Bihar and Orissa have been branded as "focus States". The theme for this year’s event is 'Indian Handicrafts- the magic of the gifted hands'.

No international partner has been named this year. Kher said, " there is no compulsion to have a foreign partner every year".

Fair tickets would be available at all metro rail stations (DMRC). The entry into the fair will be between 9.30 AM and 7.30 PM. Senior citizens and physically-challenged will be given free entry into the fair.


First Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 17:19

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