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Delhi's mega trade fair turns mini, space crunch turns away firms

The number of total participants in 2018 has gone down to 800, from 7,000 participants occupying an exhibition area of more than 100,000 square metres back in 2016

Traditional lamps from Turkey draw in business enquiries from business visitors on Wednesday
Traditional lamps from Turkey draw in business enquiries from business visitors on Wednesday. Photo: Subhayan Chakraborty

Severe space crunch, owing to the ongoing construction at the iconic Pragati Maidan exhibition grounds, has cut this year’s India International Trade Fair (IITF) down to size. The largest annual fair held in the Capital, the 38th edition of the IITF, is having to make do with only five pavilions, down from an average of 12 till last year. This, coupled with the fact that central ministries cornered large swathes of available exhibition space, has led to a drop in private business participation, an official from the India Trade Promotion Organisation, which conducts the fair, ...