BY TTT NEWS NETWORK
KOLKATA, 14 JANUARY 2023
The ongoing board exams, winter chill and tourism have not been a deterrent factor for people visiting the India International Grand Trade Fair at Asansol it seems, as long serpentine queues have been seen in ticket counters and people surrounding the stalls even on the ninth day today.
The daily footfall has been around 5000 already and the joint organisers of the India International Grand Trade fair at Polo Ground in Asansol, Asansol Chamber of Commerce and CCG Marketing and Services hope for a huge rush in the remaining two days.
Mr. Sambhu Nath Jha, secretary of Asansol Chamber of Commerce said that last year the sell has crossed Rs.5 crores and this year the enthusiasm seems to be more as people are coming from distant places like Dhanbad, Dumka, Bokaro, Jharia, Purulia, Burdwan, Durgapur, Chittaranjan etc.
“ The sales on stalls in Turkey, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are the most. Large numbers of people are buying lamp shades, sarees, dry fruits. Even the food stalls are becoming crowded. We are very much satisfied and even the Saharanpur furniture sales are very high,”he added.
Mr. Sambhu Nath Jha further said that the India International Grand Trade Fair has received tremendous support from the local administration and the state government.
“ In the first year there were a total of four hangars, this year we have increased it to five ( one separate hangar for food) and next year we will add two more hangars. Already two countries have evinced interest – South Korea and Taiwan, to take part in the India International Grand Trade Fair in Asansol next year,” said Mr. Sambhu Nath Jha.
Mr. Naresh Agarwal, President of Asansol Chamber of Commerce said that this year the countries like Dubai (UAE) and Turkey are new entrants and the food stalls are registering huge sales.
“ It is a very good sign that the sales of the new entrants are also very high in the first year. We hope that most of the stalls who have participated this year will return back next year. Even the sales of local stalls are also very much impressive,” added Mr. Naresh Agrwal.
Mr. Chandan Chatterjee, official of CCG Marketing and Services, Kolkata said that last year 150 stalls were set up and this year it has increased to 175.
“ Our company has been organising such India International Trade Fairs successfully in metro cities like Kolkata and tier II and Tier III cities of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar,”he added.
“ We have learnt from our friends and relatives in Asansol that an international standard fair is going on at Polo Ground and stalls of foreign countries have been the major attractions and have come from Durgapur. There are a wide range of products and most of the products are very good ,” said Smt. Mourvika Dubey, who works and stays in Durgapur.
The Co – sponsors are Pansari, Malas, Mat-X, Jaipso, Kashmiri Furniture.