Tight Security for Industrial Exhibition Beginning Today
By Express News Service | Published: 01st January 2014 08:34 AM |
The 74th edition of the 45-day All-India Industrial Exhibition will kick off on Wednesday. Information technology minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah will inaugurate the annual event.
Speaking to newsmen here on Tuesday, panchayat raj minister and exhibition society president K Jana Reddy said in the wake of intelligence alert the Exhibition Society was giving highest priority to security and safety of the visitors and has deployed trained 200 private security personnel and 150 watch and ward volunteers, apart from the large contingent of city police.
“CCTV cameras have been installed at all the major points and entries. A police control room has been set up in the exhibition grounds. Apart from this there would be a live coverage of the exhibition which would help security personnel to keep an eye on the events taking place on the premises,” he pointed out.
To handle untoward incidents the fire service department has set up a fire service station round-the-clock in the exhibition grounds wherein two fire engines with adequate fire brigade personnel would be deployed, he said.
Responding to a question, Jana Reddy said that the Exhibition Society had made elaborate arrangements for vehicle parking and would see that people do not face problems. “We are aware that parking has been one of the major problem being faced by people visiting the exhibition.
The GHMC has agreed to cooperate in this matter and has allotted space for it. The society was also considering to construct a parking complex but it was not getting land for it. We are also planning to construct parking complex in the Exhibition Grounds premises to overcome the problem of parking,’’ he said.
He said the entry fees has not been hiked this year and would be Rs 20 only. There would be about 2,500 stalls, including Central and state government departments.
“Hyderabad Metro Rail stall would be a major attraction this year,” he said. ‘’Last year the exhibition generated a revenue of Rs 10 crore and this year we are expecting much more,’’ he added.
Replying to a question the minister clarified that chief minister N Kiran Kumar has not declined to inaugurate the exhibition but as the society had already decided to invite Ponnala Lakshmaiah, he(chief minister) was not approached. “As Kiran had inaugurated the exhibition in the past, we have decided to invite Ponnala this time,’’ he clarified.