A first of its kind urban-scale Mixed-Use development, the state-of-the-art Convention Centre is Asia’s 2nd largest and the 3rd largest in the world with a capacity to host 10,000 people at once. The Master Planning has been done by CP Kukreja Architects in association with IDOM, Spain.
The facility is likely to be opened on September 17, the day PM Narendra Modi launches PM-Vikas or the Vishwakarma scheme.
As per information posted on the IICC website showed that around 54,000 square metre of leasable area will be available in the two halls, sufficient to accommodate around 1,800 exhibition booths. In addition, some outdoor areas will also be available. The facility has a dedicated metro station with the airport and hotels in Aerocity and Dwarka not too far off.
Expected to host many industry events in the first week of October, the 5,070-square-metre convention centre – which is around 70% the size of a football pitch – will have a seating capacity of 6,000. Initially, in the first phase, two exhibition halls, along with a parking facility for 3,000 cars, are ready. The project has been in the making for over a decade.
Given its proximity to the airport, several events are expected to move to IICC, as the government seeks to get Delhi ready to be a major MICE (mice, incentives, conference and exhibitions) destination. Apart from the annual India International Trade Fair, some other events are also expected to be lined up in the coming months, aimed at showcasing homegrown products and the one-district one-product initiative, sources said.
In the second phase, hotels are proposed to be built inside the complex with around 3,500 rooms. Besides, more halls will be added to make it among the largest such facilities in the country with an indoor exhibition area of close to 3 lakh square metre. The details of commencement of work for the second phase were not immediately available, but hotels are expected to come up first.
The idea is to decongest the city and provide two facilities to exhibitors and event organisers within Delhi. There are smaller venues too, such as the Expo Centre in Greater Noida, which can also be used.