New Delhi: On a momentous Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a special havan ceremony at the inauguration of the newly constructed International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) at Pragati Maidan. This colossal venue, sprawling over 123 acres, will proudly host the upcoming G20 Summit scheduled for September.
Prime Minister Modi took part in the auspicious rite (havan) along with members of his renowned Cabinet and a group of committed construction workers who worked diligently on the project. Following the havan, he warmly congratulated the employees and posed for a wonderful group shot with them, recognising their essential effort.
Later in the day, the Prime Minister was scheduled to address the formal inauguration ceremony. He also took part in the release of a special commemorative coin and stamp, symbolising India’s prestigious G20 presidency.
The magnificent IECC, constructed at a staggering cost of around ₹2,700 crore, stands as India’s largest convention and exhibition venue. With its multi-purpose and plenary halls, it boasts a remarkable seating capacity of 7,000 people. Among its notable features is a state-of-the-art amphitheatre capable of accommodating 3,000 attendees and a spacious parking lot with room for 5,500 cars.
This grand project, owned by the India Trade Promotion Organisation, took flight in 2017 following the demolition of existing structures, including the renowned Hall of Nations. The redevelopment of the ITPO complex into the prestigious IECC has been a national undertaking of great significance.
Notably, the new IECC complex now proudly holds a position among the top 10 exhibition and convention venues globally, positioning India as a major contender for hosting world-class events on a grand scale. It competes head-to-head with esteemed counterparts like the Hannover Exhibition Centre in Germany and the National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in Shanghai.
The third level of the Convention Centre, with its impressive 7,000-seat capacity, renders the IECC ideal for hosting mega conferences, international summits, and cultural extravaganzas. Interestingly, the seating arrangement even surpasses that of the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia.
The IECC’s exhibition halls offer seven innovative spaces for diverse purposes, providing an ideal platform for exhibitors and companies to engage with their target audience. Additionally, the amphitheatre’s seating capacity of 3,000 people adds to its allure.
The venue’s strategic location is also praiseworthy, with signal-free roads ensuring convenient access for visitors from all directions.