On Wednesday, July 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reopened the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) in New Delhi. The G20 Leaders summit in India will take place in September at the largest MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) venue in the nation.
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The Inauguration of G20 Summit Venue
The rebuilt India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) headquarters in Delhi hosted an inaugural pooja at Pragati Maidan’s new International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC),which was led by PM Modi. It is the largest MICE destination in India with a campus size of over 123 acres, and it will host the important G20 leaders’ gathering in September.
The inauguration event started up at 10 am with a havan puja, followed by a tribute to the construction workers.
Modi took part in the ceremony in the morning with members of his Cabinet and some of the construction workers who worked on the project. Following the havan, the prime minister congratulated the employees and took a picture with them.
According to News18, the G20 stamp and coin will also be unveiled when the Prime Minister returns to ITPO at 6.30 pm for a significant inaugural function.
The Pragati Maidan
A well-known exhibition and conference venue in New Delhi is the Pragati Maidan, additionally referred to as the ITPO complex. It has long been recognized as a crucial location for big events, trade shows, conferences, and exhibits.
The complex has greatly aided India’s industrial development, trade, and cross-cultural interactions. A modern building was created as part of the Pragati Maidan reconstruction project, the Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC).
The IECC was built for about Rs. 2,700 crore. It contains a 3,000-seat amphitheatre and parking for 5,500 vehicles. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the IECC, which is a part of the 123-acre Pragati Maidan complex, is India’s largest convention and exhibition venue and has a capacity to hold 7,000 people in its multipurpose and plenary rooms.
The Features in Detail
The renovated and contemporary IECC complex, comparable to colossal names like the Hannover Exhibition Centre in Germany and the National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in Shanghai, which are one of the top 10 exposition and convention complexes in the world based on the covered space available for events.
The size of the IECC’s stature and facilities is evidence of India’s capacity to host major international events. The fact that it is known as India’s largest MICE destination should be noted.
The building contains a number of traditional art characteristics on its walls and façade, and the PMO claims that its elliptical shape was inspired by the “shankha”, or “conch shell”. The PMO statement cited “Pancha Mahabhuta,” which highlights the five elements of earth, heaven, air, fire, and water, “Zero to ISRO,” which promotes space exploration achievements, and “surya shakti,” which depicts India’s endeavors to harness solar energy.
The Seating Capacity
On level 3 of the meeting facility, a spectacular seating capacity of 7,000 people awaits, making it even larger than the renowned Sydney Opera House’s seating capacity of around 5,500 people in Australia. This remarkable characteristic has helped the IECC earn recognition as a venue fit for major conferences, international summits, and cultural events on a global scale.
The IECC boasts an outstanding amphitheatre with 3,000 seats among its many remarkable attributes. This huge amphitheatre, which is equivalent to three PVR cinemas combined, provides the platform for compelling performances, cultural events, and entertainment activities while mesmerizing the audience with its enchanting ambiance.
The Exhibition Hall
The complex’s exhibition halls offer seven cutting-edge venues for various uses. Additionally, these rooms will offer a perfect setting for exhibitors as well as companies to interact with their target market, encouraging professional development and networking opportunities.
Parking Lot for Vehicles
Over 5,500 parking places have been set aside at the IECC since visitors’ convenience is a top priority. Visitors will find it simple to get to the location because of the signal-free roads’ simplicity of access.
G20 Summit, Delhi
The National Capital will host the G20 Leaders’ Summit on September 9 and 10. The conclusion of all G20 meetings held by ministers, senior officials, and civil society during the year is the 18th Heads of State and Government Summit.
India has been in charge of the G20 presidency since December 1, 2022. The nation’s capital is also getting a makeover for the big event.
The members collectively account for over 75% of global trade, approximately 2/3 of the world’s population, and about 85% of global GDP.
Points to be noted
On behalf of the India Trade Promotion Organization, the project was carried out by NBCC (India) Ltd and its subcontractor, Shapoorji Pallonji.
According to an NBCC official reported by Indian Express, among the seven new exhibition halls, four have been completed and inaugurated while the other three are ready but have not yet received approval.