Clocks on display at a stall at Morabadi grounds in Ranchi on Thursday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
The much-awaited great shopping mart, which leaves Ranchi shoppers spoilt for choice every year, is here, just days ahead of the festive season.
Governor Syed Ahmed inaugurated the five-day 18th Expo Utsav 2013 at Morabadi grounds on Thursday. The venue wore a festive look with over 200 companies exhibiting their latest products over an area of 1.5 lakh sqft.
Junior Chamber International (JCI), Ranchi, has been organising the consumer fair since 1996 for commercial development of the state. A one-stop destination for all kinds of electronic goods, automobiles and home decor, the fair is the first choice for capital residents. Huge discounts and attractive deals are the added attractions.
No wonder, scores of people flocked to the long-awaited expo on the first day itself.
“I had been wanting to buy washing machine and toaster for the past six months. I was waiting for the expo as I get the best deals here,” said Soma Sahay, a homemaker from Morabadi, who exchanged her old washing machine to avail of a discount on a brand new one.
A second-year student of St Xavier’s College, Shalini Sinha, was seen buying silver earrings worth Rs 250 from a kiosk put up by one Sarita Agarwal.
The kiosk has silver jewellery, starting from Rs 300 to Rs 40,000, for all age groups. “Last year also, I had put up a stall and made brisk business. I am looking forward to similar response this time too,” Sarita added.
One of the major attractions at this year’s fair is a range of ethnic clocks. “Our clocks have been designed by local artisans using various styles of craftsmanship like polishing, painting and carving, making each piece unique,” said stall owner Gaurav Ghai, adding that prices start from Rs 720 and go up to Rs 60,000.
Calcutta-based trader Prakhar Goenka’s samples of liquid wallpaper in varied colours and designs are a hit too. “These wallpapers are fire-resistant and dust-proof and are made of natural fibres. Moreover, they are eco-friendly and can be replaced easily, if any portion gets spoilt,” he said.
Earlier, addressing the august gathering, governor Ahmed said: “I feel privileged to say that the youth members of the chamber, by organising this expo, are helping in the country’s overall development with their sharp vision.”
Chamber president Vijay Patel said Expo Utsav had become a hallmark of consumer fair in the region. “This event attracts hundreds of enthusiastic sellers and thousands of interested buyers,” he added.
The fair is open from 10am to 8pm till September 30. Entry fee is Rs 10.