Auto Expo 2012 becomes too big to fit in Pragati Maidan


    Visitors and management of auto companies, part of Auto Expo 2012, are unanimous that Delhi auto show has become too big to fit in Pragati Maidan

    Delhi Auto Expo proved to be too unruly for the carmakers as crowds thronged and threatened to upset the organization of the expo. This Friday automakers watched in agony as harsh Indian reality stampeded into the proudly displayed by global automakers of their marquee cars and shimmering foreign and skinny models to add a strong dose of glamour to their showcased brands.

    The crowd kept on swelling and soon the automakers, who were rejoicing at the success of the show, got a bitter taste of India. A failing infrastructure struggled to maintain the Ferraris and Beamers in one piece. Floppy traffic and crowd control made Indian auto suits agitated. Some took to tweeting their woes, others decided to take matters in their own hands.

    When the second day of the show, which reserved for the media, was sabotaged by more than a lakh visitor, then M&M’s Anand Mahindra tweeted, “Auto Expo needs to find a new, more capacious and tidier home. Or the world will be happy to give the go-by to Indian Auto’s Shop Window. The crowd management is dismal. Wall-to-wall people on a media day? Either management is lax, or media is the most popular profession in India.”

    Some automakers decided to hire bouncers to gain some semblance of organization. Other have decided to lodge complaints against the organisers.

    Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava said, “There is no space to move. God knows what would happen when the show is thrown open to the public.”

    The expo in Delhi was inaugurated by Heavy Industry and Public Sector Enterprises Minister Praful Patel and Road Transport and Highways Minister C P Joshi. Indian-origin steel magnate Mittal was also present at the expo.

    The only person who seemed happy with the response was ArcelorMittal’s Chairman and CEO Lakshmi N Mittal. The world’s largest steel-maker said he expected the automobile industry to manufacture safer, cleaner and affordable cars.

    Talking to reporters he said, “I am very impressed with the show (Auto Expo 2012) and the growth potential in the auto industries. I am going to see some of the cars which are being built for the future. What really I am expecting from this industry is to build safer, cleaner and affordable cars.”

    Mittal said that ArcelorMittal will always invest in developing a better quality steel.

    Mittal added, “As a steel company, ArcelorMittal is always investing in developing a better quality steel, which is lighter in weight and stronger in quality, which can reduce carbon dioxide emissions, so that we have a much more cleaner environment and manufacturers can produce cleaner cars.”