2014 Auto Expo to be Held at a World-Class Location
The organisers of the Delhi Auto Expo are thinking over shifting the next auto expo from Pragati Maidan to a more spacious ‘world-class’ location in order to raise the level of the exposition and make it the largest in the world.
January 14, 2012: The 2012 Auto Expo was held at Pragati Maidan, but the organisers of the expo are thinking over organising the next expo at a more spacious location that matches global standards. The objective behind the shifting of the exposition from the Pragati Maidan is to make exposition the largest across the globe.
Traditionally, the first week of January is the time when the auto expo is held. However, the organisers, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), are thinking of hosting the event from 5th to 12th of February, 2014.
“This time, we witnessed about 7,00,000 people visiting the Auto Expo, that included the exhibitors. We had to cut the number of people due to security and infrastructure issues,” said Mr. Rajive Kaul (Auto Expo 2012 Steering Committee Chairman), while speaking with the media. This year, the organisers restricted the entry to 1 lakh visitors daily along with 30,000 people from the exhibitors’ side. The organisers took this decision in order to manage the crowd well and also after looking at the availability of infrastructural facilities. So, in order to make it a largest expo in the world, the organizing committee is searching for alternative locations to organize the next expo. It is to be kept in mind that the 2010 Auto Expo in India was regarded as the second-largest auto show after the Shanghai auto show having visited by two million visitors, according to the organisers.
Speaking about the holding of next show in February, Mr. Kaul said, “We want to organise it in sync with global shows like Detroit. So we are fixing the dates according to the international calendar.” This year, the exposition witnessed the launch of 58 vehicles, including the unveiling of nine concept and 12 eco-friendly vehicles. The much awaited and most anticipated brand Mini also made its presence felt at the expo. There were around 1,500 exhibitors from 24 countries with 50 global brands participating in the exposition. However, many of the iconic personalities weren’t satisfied with the management and made criticism on the crowd management. One amongst them was Mr. Anand Mahindra who stated that it’s not a ‘tamasha’ but a ‘serious business’.
The ACMA President, Mr. Arvind Kapur elaborated on the future venue saying, “We are seriously looking at two to three options such as Gurgaon, Noida and a location near the international airport. Accordingly, the style of the show will also be different.” Moreover, he also said that the ITPO, which manages the Pragati Maidan, is planning to renovate it. This means the space of the Pragati Maidan will get more squeezed. “This Auto Expo is the second-largest in the world. We could have been the largest, but we had constraints of space and infrastructure. We, in fact, cut the space this time,” Mr. Kapur added. Thus, we can expect the next expo to become the largest auto show in the world with the organising committee’s initiative to shift it to a world class location.