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Pragati Maidan, Delhi


Pragati Maidan is Delhi's largest exhibition centre and is a popular tourist attraction. The 72,000 square metres exhibition area has been a venue for various vital conventions and expos held at Delhi and is managed and taken care of by the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), which happens to be the trade promotion agency of the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Established in the year 1982, Pragati Maidan is located opposite the famous Purana Quila/Old Fort. The maidan has a covered exhibition space spread across an area of 61,290 sq m and about 10,000 sq m of open display area. The entire complex comprises of about 18 exhibition halls, various buildings, eateries, performance areas and the headquarters of ITPO.

Each year, Pragati Maidan plays host to as many as 70 national and international expos. Of all these, the famous annual India International Trade Fair happens to be the largest one, attracting as many as 30,000 visitors and about 10,000 exhibitors. The other important fairs it hosts are the Auto Expo and the World Book Fair.

Pragati Maidan means the progress field and includes various pavilions, such as the Defense Pavilion, Nehru Pavilion, Son of India Pavilion and the Indira Pavilion. The maidan also includes an auditorium that plays host to various rock shows often.

Every year, it is here in Delhi that the Income Tax Department puts up about 150 stalls for the filing of income tax returns. Also, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI)'s famous Wills Lifestyle Indian Fashion Week (WIFW) was held at this maidan in the years 2008 and 2009.

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