Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 26 inaugurated the International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) complex at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The redeveloped complex is the venue of the G20 Summit in September.
The Prime Minister also felicitated the ‘shramjeevis,’ who built the new complex and performed ‘puja’ ahead of the inauguration of the complex, which has been developed at a cost of about ₹2,700 crore. The facility, with a campus area of nearly 123 acres, has been built after an overhaul of the old and outdated structures in the area. Owned by India Trade Promotion Organisation, the Pragati Maidan project was executed by NBCC (India) Ltd and its contractor.
Bringing state-of-the-art facilities together with traditional art, the new IECC is set to be India’s largest MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) destination. In terms of the covered space available for events, the complex finds its place among the top exhibitions and convention complexes in the world, the PMO statement said. It will be competing with the Hannover Exhibition Centre in Germany and the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai.
The new complex has several state-of-the-art facilities such as the convention centre, exhibition halls and amphitheatres. The Level 3 of the convention centre can seat 7,000 individuals, making it even larger than the approximately 5,500 people who can be seated at the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia.