Chaos on Opening Day at Defence Expo 2016

  • Ravi Arora
  • 28-Mar-2016

Traffic snarls on the approach road, lop-sided priorities at registration and mismanagement marked the start of DefExpo 2016 which got underway in Goa on Monday 28 March.

The ninth edition of DefExpo India, a biennial exhibition of Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems, was inaugurated by Parrikar at Naqueri-Betul village in South Goa, is said to be the largest one in its history.

The organisers claimed a total of 510 Indian companies had come to display their products but empty stands did not bear testimony to it. Participation by Indian companies has doubled since 2014 which saw a participation by 256 companies. A total of 490 foreign companies are participating this year against 368 in DefExpo 2014.

The exhibition has live demonstration of air display on March 28-29 at the site which is located adjacent to the Arabian Sea.

In all 47 countries are taking part in the exhibition against 30 countries last time.

Defence Minsiter Manohar Parrikarin his inaugural address admitted the bad start to the show and apologised for the discomfort caused to the guests.

All narrow roads leading to the venue at the remote Naqueri plateau in South Goa district, 45 km from Panjim were clogged by traffic, which led to a delay in starting the event.

There are 1,035 companies participating in the four-day Defence Expo 2016.

Exhibitors checking in at the registration counters were issued with passes without pouches and lanyards. As it is there were more counters for Business Visitors and only one for Exhibitors where long queues formed up quickly. Some of the the x-ray machines at entry points manned by CISF personnel did not work. The Exhibitors Guide was not ready for issue. One could see foreigners agitated sinec they had expected world class facilities for the high charges paid by them.