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Ideal home expo on

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“Site for permanent trade centre being identified fast”

— Photo: S. James.

FAIR:C. Kamaraj, Collector, at a stall after inaugurating the exhibition in the city on Friday.

MADURAI: Collector C. Kamaraj on Friday inaugurated the 26 {+t} {+h} edition of All India Ideal Home Exhibition being held at Tamukkam Ground by Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA) from February 11 to 21.

While it will be open from 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays, the timings for weekends (Saturday and Sunday) are between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. An entry fee of Rs.10 will be charged for adults.

Addressing the inaugural function, the Collector said that Madurai needed such expos. While district had a population of 27 lakh, 45 per cent or around 12 lakh people were living within the Corporation limits, an area spanning just 51 kilometres.

Lauding the association for conducting such expos on a “not-for-profit” basis, the Collector called for regularising and coordinating the conduct of expos in the city by various trade bodies. This would ensure that every month had at least one fair.

Reacting to the demand from earlier speakers asking him to look into the issue of Madurai Corporation increasing by 100 per cent the rent for using the venue, Mr. Kamaraj said that he would take it up at the earliest.

Speaking earlier, Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association (TANSTIA) vice-president KR. Gnanasambandan said that the expo had grown from around 30 stalls during its first edition to 300 stalls at present.

He also noted that this was the first time the auditorium at Tamukkam ground had been made fully air-conditioned for an expo.

N. Somasundaram, MADITSSIA president, reiterated a long pending demand of various trade bodies in the city – the creation of permanent trade centre for conducting industrial fairs. “We had to spend nearly Rs. 30 lakh for creating the infrastructure for this expo. Permanent trade centres could be found in every province of China.”

Mr. Kamaraj assured the businessmen and industrialists that a site for establishing a permanent trade centre was being identified expeditiously.

Expo chairman B.S. Sathya Sridhar said that apart from allotting stalls to women SHGs at concessional rates, the association had also employed 75 SHG members for the expo. A total of 300 stalls featuring a wide range of products find place in the expo.

V.S. Manimaran, MADITSSIA Secretary, A. Koteswaran, expo Vice-Chairman, P. Rangaraj, Deputy General Manager, Canara Bank, and KN. Subramanian, Lead District Manager, took part.

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