Staff Reporter

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Governor N.D. Tiwari on January 1

HYDERABAD: Elaborate security arrangements are being made for the 68th All India Industrial Exhibition at Nampally this time.

In addition to the regular police force, private security personnel are being deployed, said Home Minister and Hyderabad Exhibition Society president K. Jana Reddy here on Sunday.

Briefing media persons about the arrangements for the annual exhibition which will begin from Tuesday, Mr. Reddy said for the first time door frame metal detectors, hand-held detectors, vehicle inspection mirrors and close circuit television cameras are being installed at the grounds to ensure foolproof security.

“We are not taking any chances in terms of security. We hope the visitors will have great time during the 45-day ‘numaish’,” he said.

The exhibition would be inaugurated by Governor N.D. Tiwari on Tuesday at 5.30 p.m. In addition to the 2,500-odd stalls, medical check-up stalls and other amusement features, this year the exhibition society members are organising a musical water fountain with “Jumping jets” which plays to the tunes of popular film songs.

Special technicians

Eight special technicians from Bangalore have constructed the water fountain spending a whopping cost of Rs. 35 lakh. It would be the cynosure of the exhibition this year, said Society Secretary Sardar Nanak Singh.

As part of the exhibition, there would be ‘rangoli’, water colour painting, ‘mehendi’ and hand embroidery competitions besides sports meet, children’s day and well baby show contests and cultural programmes.

Lease period

In the meantime, the Government had extended the lease period of the 24-acre site to the Hyderabad Exhibition Society up to the year 2052.

The society would be paying a sum of Rs. 10,000 per acre per year, informed the Society Vice-President Sangam Narender.