Sunday, 5 December, 2021

Keep new DITF venue hassle-free

With the inauguration of “Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre” at the capital's Purbachal area by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the long wait for a permanent place for arranging the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) has come to an end. To avoid the severe traffic congestion during the fair at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, where the key government offices are located, the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) undertook the construction project in the Purbachal New City Project Area a few years ago, but the deadline was extended on different occasions. At last, the next edition of the DITF will be held at the new venue if everything goes well, which is a great piece of news for the participants, visitors and city dwellers.

Though every year a large number of people used to visit the fair at its old ground, many of them were unhappy due to dust, waste, air and sound pollution of the fairground. But the most severe problem was traffic congestion that not only troubled consumers, locals and the officials of the offices located in that area, but also all city dwellers since the fairground was at the heart of the capital and cross-sections of people have to go there for different reasons.

Having 33,000 square metres of floor space, the newly-inaugurated exhibition centre with its modern facilities like water treatment plant, WiFi connection, hall rooms, conference centres, trade information centres, meeting halls, press centre, service rooms, modern car parking, round-the-clock CCTV and even its own power substation is expected to offer a new experience to all.

However, some issues should be taken into consideration prior to arranging any event in the new centre. Being located at the outskirts of the capital, the area hitherto observes less traffic congestion but that scenario may change at the time of holding of the fair. Therefore, the authorities concerned should have a proper plan regarding traffic management during any grand event like the DITF, where a huge number of people both from home and abroad will gather together. If a neat and clean environment and a well-planned traffic management system are not ensured, the relocation of the fairground will be of little benefit. It will mean only shifting the mess from one place to another.