President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate the 37th India International Trade Fair (IITF) on Tuesday at Pragati Maidan, marking the beginning of the 14-day event in the national capital. After Digital India in 2016, this year the theme of the fair will celebrate another pet project of the Union government “Startup India: Stand Up India”. Jharkhand and Vietnam will be the partner state and the country respectively.
The IITF will be held from November 14 to 27 this year, with the first four days being reserved for business visitors. The fair will open for the general public on November 18, Saturday, between 9.30am and 7.30pm. While the general tickets will cost R60 and R40 for adults and children respectively on working days, ticket prices will increase to R120 and R60 on weekends.
Last year, the average footfall was around 1.5 lakh people per day. This year, however, the number of visitors has been capped in view of the restricted space available to organise the mega event. Several pavillions at the Pragati Maidan have been demolished to make way for the massive revamp of the venue, which includes the construction of an Integrated Exhibition cum Convention Centre (IECC).