Construction activities at Pragati Maidan, which had suffered earlier due to lockdown and subsequent migration of labour, gained momentum in June, and the same is being maintained. Construction works to redevelop Pragati Maidan into a world class Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) started in early 2018. Work on the project is being executed by National Building Corporation Ltd (NBCC). Union Minister of Railways & Commerce & Industry Shri Piyush Goyal reviewed the progress of the project on Saturday and expressed satisfaction over the progress.
About 4800 workers are presently engaged in various activities at the site. Most of the buildings are likely to be completed by March 2021. The handing over of the buildings is likely to begin soon in a phased manner, and the complete project is likely to be handed over by October, 2021. The site will have 6 underpasses and a main tunnel for smooth movement of traffic in the region. The AC system shall be Covid-19 pliant, there will be adequate availability of power, the buildings will be leak-proof and the drainage system will ensure no waterlogging under any circumstance. As part of the Aatamnirbhar Abhiyan, the imported element in the project is being continuously reduced, and it presently stands at just 9.55% of the project cost.
Rs 2,000 crore project has a unique design to integrate the convention centre with an amphitheatre. While the convention centre will have the capacity to host up to 7,000 visitors, the amphitheatre can host another 3,000. The amphitheatre will be situated below the first floor of the convention centre, which will be at an elevated level standing on columns.