‘Numaish’ gears to tackle note ban blues

Exhibition Society to provide swipe machines at entry point.

By Author  |  Published: 20th Dec 2016  12:00 amUpdated: 20th Dec 2016  1:22 pm
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Hyderabad: The Exhibition Society has been gearing up to meet the challenges posed by demonetisation of high currency notes. With the annual ‘numaish’ scheduled to commence on January 1, the Society has decided to provide half-a-dozen debit/credit card swipe machines at ticket counters for the convenience of visitors.

There are 10 counters each at the three entry points of the exhibition. Two debit card swipe machines will be placed at each gate and if necessary their numbers will be increased. There can be problems for those visitors, who will be bringing cash since the Exhibition Society has enhanced the fare of entry ticket from Rs 20 to Rs 25 this year.

The fare hike also follows the service tax imposed by the Government of India.
“We are ready to meet problems, if any,” said Aditya Margam, honorary secretary of the Exhibition Society.

He ruled out that cash crunch will have an impact on the exhibition, as the people here wouldn’t like to give the Numaish, a miss at any cost. As far as stall owners were concerned, they could make arrangements to overcome the problem by going in for swipe machines. “It will be better if visitors come with small denomination notes to avoid hassles”, Margam told Telangana Today.

The Exhibition Society was constrained to increase the fare of entry ticket, as last year the tax was imposed and the Society ended up coughing up Rs 60 lakh. However, Numaish still remains an inexpensive affair than compared to Shilparamam where one ends up paying Rs 40 to Rs 20 for an entry ticket.

The 77th All India Industrial Exhibition attracted 3,000 applications across the country. But, the Society would allot stalls to only 2,500.

The layout of stalls is being designed to ensure that visitors face no problems while accessing stalls. This time round the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology will also be putting up its stall to showcase the water purifying plant developed by it.

Steps are being taken to provide a secure environment during the 46-day event. Apart from the police security, the Society will deploy 200 volunteers, 100 security guards, including 30 women to monitor the crowd.
This time also visitors can look forward to free Wi-Fi facility in the exhibition, Margam said.