The much awaited and most inexpensive entertainment got underway on Wednesday. Though most of the stalls were still in the process of being set up, many people turned up at the annual ‘Numaish’ to enjoy the first evening of the new year.
The inaugural programme was a lacklustre affair with the Telangana issue casting its shadow. IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, who was the chief guest, turned up half-an-hour behind schedule while Panchayatraj Minister K. Jana Reddy, who is also the president of Exhibition Society, was conspicuous by absence.
In his brief address, Mr. Lakshmiah said like 1947, the year 2014 was also historical as the Telangana state was being created. He recalled how the exhibition had grown by leaps and bounds over the years and acquired an all India stature now.
Stating that Hyderabad was a happening city, he said it was the most sought after destination today. A number of international conferences were held in the city because of the transport and infrastructural development here.
Mr. Lakshmiah complimented the Exhibition Society for utilising the revenue generated through the exhibition for the cause of education.
Earlier, Dr. S. Rajender, vice-president, Exhibition Society, welcomed the gathering. Society president Ashwin Margam proposed a vote of thanks.