Visitors at IITF at loss in absence of signages

Visitors at India International Trade Fair are finding themselves lost at a sprawling six km Pragati Maidan for want of signages.

Updated: Nov 21, 2011, 17:44 PM IST

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 getable," Ashok Satish Garg 46, a local businessman said.

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.

Jagtar Singh, 30, who came all the way from Punjab for the trade fair was not allowed entry yesterday as the one lakh daily crowd cap had been reached.

" I had to rent a room yesterday. Now that I am here (today), I want to get into a place where electronics items are at sale. But I do not know how to reach there," a
disappointed Singh complained.

Though the ITPO has declared Pragati Maidan as `No Smoking Zone, several `smokers are seen without anyone questioning them.

Asked about the crowd capping, ITPO Executive Director said, "Public order and safety are the first priority."

Elaborate security arrangements by the Delhi Police, Railway Police and CRPF, may be causing some inconvenience to the crowd, but nobody is complaining.

"We have no issues with the security even if some inconvenience is involved. It is a question of our safety," said Reva Oberoi, a regular at IITF said.