THERE IS good news for the residents of Faridabad as well as Delhi. The Haryana government has taken the initiative of providing an alternative site for holding trade fairs in the area falling between Faridabad and Gurgaon. This will give immense relief to the visitors to the fair at Pragati Maidan in Delhi from those nerve-wrecking traffic jams.

Residents of Faridabad, including the industrialists, will benefit if the site is shifted in or around Faridabad. "The industrial units in Faridabad will not have to shift their products for display to a distant place. There will also be no need to send our qualified representatives to Delhi everyday while the fairs are on," said C. L. Jain, general manager with an industry.

He said with the setting up of a venue in Faridabad for such prestigious fairs, the city will also come on the international map. "I hope there will be more development of the city and visitors from across the world will come nearer to our industries," said Jain.

Sources in Haryana Industries Department said that several rounds of talks have already been held between the state government officials and representatives of the India Trade Promotion Organisation on the issue. Three sites along Faridabad-Gurgaon have been identified for the purpose, he added.

Sources said that the land in Mangar, falling in Faridabad district, has been found to be the best choice by the Industries Department, Haryana, for setting up a site for holding trade fairs. An area of at least 250 acre will be needed for the purpose, sources added.

 "While there is only one reason for shifting the mela site outside Delhi- to reduce vehicular congestion - there are two factors to decide on the new site. One, it should be in close proximity to Delhi. Two, the site should have an area to bear the pressure of the large number of participants and visitors. Mangar seems to be the best choice," said an official, who is not authorised to talk to the media. As for Delhi's traffic from the Ring Road to Connaught Place and ITO to Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, all roads remain clogged on days any fair is held at the existing trade fair site in Delhi. Sources in the Haryana Town and Country Planning Department said that it has identified nearly 500 acre of land in Mangar for holding trade fairs. The proposal has been sent to the State government and if approved by the Centre, the site for holding trade fairs will be shifted to Mangar in Faridabad, sources added.