The 10th edition of ‘India Stonemart 2019’ was the largest show as compared to its previous editions. Trade inquiries worth Rs1850 Crores were generated at the Mart. Stonemart has been fruitful in exchange of ideas, the creation of direct business links and growth of the stone market. This was stated by state Industries minister, Parsadi Lal Meena during his address on the concluding day of ‘India Stonemart 2019’.
The event had been organised by Centre for Development of Stones (CDOS) with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as co-organiser and was supported by the state government. The event is organised by CDOS with FICCI as co-organiser and is supported by the Government of Rajasthan and other reputed institutions. Rajasthan State Industrial Development & Investment Corporation Ltd. is the Principal Sponsor of the event. India Stonemart has created a niche for itself in the international stone exposition scenario and the participants are offered best of the quality infrastructure, facilities and services. With the ever increasing number of exhibitors and a record number of business visitors, India Stonemart 2019 is an ideal springboard to negotiate business deals, network with the stalwarts of the industry and to simply do the business.The minister further said that the government will introduce a new Industrial Policy that will enable a conducive environment for setting up of industries. The government will also extend full support to make available minerals and stone by tapping the immense possibilities for stone in the state. He also announced that the 11th edition of ‘India Stonemart’ will be held from February 4-7, 2021. Additional chief secretary, Mines, Sudarshan Sethi said that the protection of the environment is imperative. The overburden slurry should be put to use in building material. Pro-scientific mineral extraction should be explored for sustainable development. A new Mining Policy is also underway, he added. Additional Chief Secretary, Industries, Subodh Agarwal said that the by-products of the industry such as slurry, debris and waste should be recycled and reused. Managing Director, RIICO, Gaurav Goyal said that the Stonemart registered as many as 35,000 visitors out of which 27,000 were business visitors and the mart occupied a record 45000 sq mt area.
During the welcome address, co-chairman, FICCI, Rajasthan State Council, Randhir Vikram Singh said that the Jaipur Architecture Festival added a lot of value to the programme. The vote of thanks was delivered by CEO of CDOS, Mukul Rastogi. The minister also gave away 35 Best Stall Awards in different categories like display of stone and stone products; display of stone art products among others.