Numaish was thrown open to the general public on Tuesday, but many of the stalls are still not set up or aren’t prepared to deal with customers. Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy inaugurated the 73rd All India Industrial exhibition. The first day, however, saw very few people visiting the exhibition and most of them were unaware about the increased ticket price. In addition to the Pakistani stalls, here at the exhibition after a gap of five years, the visitors can look forward to some new joyrides in the amusement park section. “I come here with my family every year. This time, I am looking for the new stalls from Pakistan. However, there are many stalls which are yet to exhibit their products in their stalls. I am planning to buy wooden furniture from Kashmir; they really look antique and add class to your home,” said Rafeeq Mohammed, a visitor at the exhibition.
This year, apart from the roller coaster, giant wheel and the octopus ride, a new ride named ‘ranger’ has been drawing crowds. Its specialty is that it revolves 360 degrees in a clockwise direction. The exhibition society has also planned to conduct many competitions like rangoli designing, Mehendi art and garland making. For artists in the City, watercolour painting competition will be held on Artisans’ Day on January 27. A healthy baby contest will be held in the first week of February, while Women’s Day and Children’s Day will be observed on January 8 and 31. This year, the society has identified as many as ten places for parking. Chandra Vihar complex, Manoranjan complex, Government College in Nampally, Gagan Vihar complex, and the Housing Board building are some of the places. The parking fee is `50 and `20 for the first four hours for four-wheelers and two-wheelers respectively. Additional `10 and `5 will be collected for every extra hour. However, many visitors were seen grumbling about the increased ticket price.