Ma­mata to in­au­gu­rate In­dia’s big­gest biz con­ven­tion cen­tre in Kolkata to­day

Millennium Post - - FRONT PAGE - TARUN GOSWAMI

KOLKATA: His­tory beck­ons New Town on Fri­day as the coun­try’s largest busi­ness Con­ven­tion Cen­tre gets in­au­gu­rated by Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Banerjee, hous­ing a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of around 3,200 peo­ple.

This is the first construction of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in the state since the Ma­mata Banerjee govern­ment took over in 2011 and it took three years to com­plete it.

The two-day Ben­gal Global Busi­ness Sum­mit (BGBS) in Jan­uary, 2018, will be held at the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in New Town.

With a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of around 3,200 peo­ple, it is the big­gest au­di­to­rium in the coun­try. There are around 1,200 seats in the main au­di­to­rium of Vi­gyan Bha­van, while those of Shan­mukhananda Hall in Mum­bai, main con­ven­tion cen­tre at HICC, Hy­der­abad and Sci­ence City au­di­to­rium, Kolkata have 2,750, 2,500 and 2,232 re­spec­tively.

There will be four large ex­hi­bi­tion halls in­clud­ing a state ban­quet with a to­tal car­pet area of 17,000 square feet and spa­cious pre-func­tion area hav­ing car­pet area of 12,500 square feet. Gar­den food court linked to ex­hi­bi­tion halls and two smaller ca­pac­ity au­di­to­ria each has a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 434 peo­ple. There will be ex­ten­sive food and bev­er­age fa­cil­i­ties dur­ing con­fer­ences through pro­vi­sions of ban­quet kitchens and satel­lite kitchens at all lev­els of a con­fer­ence.

There will be 112 twin-bed­rooms and a busi­ness cen­tre with 10 meet­ing rooms. There will also be two spe­cialty restau­rants and a 24-hour cof­fee shop. A busi­ness club cover­ing an area of 8,000 square feet com­pris­ing a state-of-the-art gym­na­sium, bil­liards room and cards room will also be present. An ex­clu­sive gents and ladies spa along with a sa­lon cover­ing an area of 7,000 square feet with a ter­race level swim­ming pool is a ma­jor at­trac­tion of the cen­tre.

The Con­ven­tion Cen­tre has a park­ing fa­cil­ity of 640 cars and 92 open park­ing and 15 bus park­ing units.

Ma­mata Banerjee had urged the Hous­ing In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HIDCO) of­fi­cials to set up a Con­ven­tion Cen­tre which will be a place of pride. Ac­cord­ingly, plans were drawn and L&T was en­trusted to build the cen­tre.

Firhad Hakim, state Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment min­is­ter vis­ited the cen­tre quite fre­quently to over­see the progress of work. In the past 15 days, he held two meet­ings with all the agen­cies when fi­nal touches were be­ing given. The cen­tre is a classic ex­am­ple of an im­pec­ca­ble piece of ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign­ing and construction.

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