New Delhi: Visitors at India International
Trade Fair (IITF) are finding themselves lost at a sprawling
six km Pragati Maidan for want of signages which can direct
them to exhibitors of their choice.
As the parking is a kilometre away from the venue at the
Mathura Road with scanty shuttle service, visitors get
exhausted even before they enter the fair, many complained.
Inside, they are completely lost how to find the pavilion
of their choice, as nobody can shop at 6500 exhibitors.
A general map directing towards all the 16 halls is
displayed at the entrance gates. But, who is selling what and
where is not there, forcing the visitors to keep asking.
A printed map is on sale for Rs 10 by the India Trade
Promotion Organisation, but it does not show the location of
the exhibitors either.
"It is really difficult. Your have to keep asking" said
Priyanka Grover, 28, management professional. She was
searching Hall 18 where exhibitors from Pakistan, Afghanistan,
South Africa and Hong Kong,among others, are present.
The Chinese have left after five days for the business
visitors, which ended on November 18. The fair opened on
November 14 and will conclude on November 27.
"They (ITPO) should put up proper signs and maps. Then,
it becomes easily gettable," Ashok Satish Garg 46, a local
ITPO Executive Director Neeraj Gupta agreed that
pavilions are not mentioned in the maps. Gupta said he has now
asked for improvement of the maps at different crossings.
There is also a flaw in the way the multi-storeyed
pavilions are constructed. A visitor entering a pavilion must
climb up and down to exit, even if he or she finds it
difficult to use the stairs.