The most anticipated auto show, the 11th Delhi Auto Expo has come to an end and expressing the verdict about the show in Delhi at Pragati Maidan, Mr. Kamal Nath, the Minister of Urban Development, congratulated the organizers CII, SIAM and ACMA on successfully holding the exhibition. Also he was very much pleased to confront the enhanced energy at the expo with increased number of visitors from 2006, with age bar falling every year. He further mentioned that the automobile sector is nation’s index of the economic health and with such an immense success of Auto Expo; we cannot even whisper that the sector is experiencing a downfall.
Mr. Nath also mentioned that in last few years, the country is rapidly progressing and it is adopting and adapting various global challenges. Also growing interest of young generation plus increased disposable income are the reasons behind the growth of the automobile sector. Speedily growing urbanization is a big challenge for the government and therefore it’s quite essential to develop a strong plan for the same. And for the same process, the ministry has asked all the cities with a population greater than 2 million to prepare DPRs for Metro rail.
The Chairman of Auto Expo 2012 Steering Committee and Past President & Chairman of Trade Fairs, CII, Mr. Rajive Kaul announced that the Auto Expo 2012 was a huge success with around 1500 exhibitors from 24 countries who participated in the show. The expo experienced 50 new unveilings, 9 new concepts and 12 green vehicles. Despite the fact that auto expo faced several challenges like weak infrastructure with huge crowd, the show was a hit as the young generation constituted a vast percentage of the crowd and showed great aspiration for the auto expo.
Experiencing the lack of proper space to move freely in the current edition of auto expo, the organizers have decided to alter the show venue. They have asked to go for a bigger venue next time and have even requested to change the timing of the 12th Auto Expo from January to early February, in order to fulfill the expectations of exhibitors as well as visitors.
On the same point, Mr. Nath remarked that the team is attempting to make the next edition of auto expo a bigger hit with an all-new venue. He said, “We are looking at venues in Dwarka and we are talking to international exhibitors who got skills for an exhibition centre of international standards.”
The step of looking for a new bigger and larger venue is necessary because every year the show is confronting a huge increase in number of visitors. Also Mr. Nath made it very clear that relocating the auto show to some other venue did not mean that it would move away from the heart of the city.