Union Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday said attempts were on to create a new exhibition centre for international shows in South West Delhi’s Dwarka as the hosting capacity of Pragati Maidan has reached its saturation point.
"We are looking at venues in Dwarka and we are talking to international exhibitors who got skills for an exhibition centre of international standards," Nath told reporters after his valedictory address at the Auto Expo.
"It is true because we have limited exhibition centres and many exhibitors also come there and the number of common people who visit is also increasing each year," he added.
Nath admitted that Pragati Maidan, the present venue, was already stretched to accommodate the Auto show.
"The carrying capacity of this exhibition centre has been saturated. So we are making attempts to create a new exhibition centre in Delhi," he said.
However, the Urban Development minister did not made it clear that whether a new venue would be ready by the time the show is held next year.
"By next year there may be announcement for the creation of a new exhibition centre, but it may take more time to build it," he said.
Nath said relocating the auto show to another venue did not mean that it would move away from the heart of the city.
"Today there is no area which can claim to be centre of Delhi. Those who say that they live in Dwarka or East Delhi also can claim that they live in the heart of Delhi," Nath said.
That a venue shift was on the cards was also hinted when Nath unveiled a plaque which mentioned February 5 to 12 as the dates for the next Auto Expo. In place of venue, only the "National Capital Region of Delhi" was mentioned.