New Delhi: As many as 1.4 million people are expected to throng the fortnight-long India International Trade Fair (IIFT), kicking off at Pragati Maidan here from 14 November.

The first five days of the trade fair would be reserved for business and trade visitors. The 31st edition of the annual IITF will open for the general public from 19 to 27 November.

A file photo of an expo at the Trade Fair

Elaborate security arrangements, including close-circuit TVs, have been made, he said. X-ray baggage scanners will be available at all entry points.

Twenty-seven states and Union Territories, besides public sector units (PSU) like Khadi and Village Industries Commission, National Small Industries Corporation, National Mission on Bamboo and Housing and Housing and Urban Development Corporation will be among the participants.

Over 6,000 exhibitors from India and abroad, showcasing a range of products, will take part in the fair.

While West Bengal and Jharkhand are the “partner States" this year, Bihar and Orissa have been branded as “focus States". The theme for this year’s event is ‘Indian Handicrafts- the magic of the gifted hands’.

No international partner has been named this year. Kher said, “There is no compulsion to have a foreign partner every year".

Fair tickets would be available at all Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) stations. The entry into the fair will be between 9.30 am and 7.30 pm. Senior citizens and physically-challenged will be given free entry into the fair.

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