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Auto Expo 2020 sees visitors in large numbers

The exhibition saw an estimated 100,000 visitors paying an entry fee of Rs 475 on Saturday. While the number of visitors was along the lines of participation in the preceding years, it was considerable given that it was an election day in Delhi, organiser said.

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Last Updated: Feb 08, 2020, 07.27 PM IST
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Visitors seemed unfazed by coronavirus, which kept delegations from Chinese manufacturers to visit the expo.
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NEW DELHI: While the 2020 Auto Expo may have seen fewer manufacturers participating, the mood of the common man visiting the show was upbeat with visitors, largely families, flocking the event by the thousands on Saturday.

The exhibition saw an estimated 100,000 visitors paying an entry fee of Rs 475 on Saturday. While the number of visitors was along the lines of participation in the preceding years, it was considerable given that it was an election day in Delhi, the organiser said.

“It was a fantastic turnover,” said Rajesh Menon, “given that it was the election day and there were fewer manufacturers participating, especially two-wheeler makers. There was also the coronavirus scare.” Menon is the director general of Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers, the organiser of the biennial event.

In fact, the Aqua line of Noida Metro saw its highest daily ridership on Friday since starting operation January last year, and even more passengers were expected on Saturday, said a person aware of the official data.

As many as 32,923 people rode the metro on Friday to visit the expo as against an average daily ridership of about 25,000. "The daily ridership has never crossed 30,000 before," this person said. "Today being Saturday, we expect the number to cross 35,000."

Visitors seemed unfazed by coronavirus, which kept delegations from Chinese manufacturers to visit the expo.

"I came because of my kids," said Malvinder from Delhi who visited the event with his wife and two kids. He wasn't worried about the coronavirus, he said.

However, the absence of two-wheeler makers like Hero MotoCorp did affect the visitor mood. “It’s just cars here, there’s no bikes,” a visitor was overheard complaining on the phone.

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