Delhi Will Have Largest Cultural Hub in Pragati Maidan | G20 Summit Venue

Delhi Will Have Largest Cultural Hub in Pragati Maidan | G20 Summit Venue

The revamping work of the new convention center in Pragati Maidan, Delhi is in full swing for the G-20 Summit and other meetings of the international delegates. The mega convention center will have the capacity to accommodate 7,000 people, a different floor for G20 leaders and a complex for the PM. Also, it will have a grand view of Mathura road. The eighteenth meeting of the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit will be scheduled to take place in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi in Feb 2023. The redevelopment work of the new exhibition and convention space is done by a consortium comprising Delhi-based architecture firm ARCOP and Singapore-based AEDAS. Read more about it below:

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The new design of the famous mega exhibition center in Delhi Pragati Maidan complex creates a link between the past and the future. The teams AEDAS and ARCOP were selected from among 18 firms in an international design competition. Though the main aim of the revamping of the complex is to create maximum space for G-20 event. But, there will be enough space for people to come and have a good time. 

Pradeep Singh Kharola, chairman and managing director of ITPO, the owning agency of the trade fair complex, confirmed that the redevelopment work of Pragati Maidan will be completed by the end of December. "Most of the construction of the four levels is complete and only the finishing touches remain.

Design Details

Spread over a built-up area of 40,00,000 square feet, the remodelled Pragati Maidan will have a huge convention center, probably to be one of the largest in India, with a combined capacity of 13,500. With a space of 3,000, the amphitheatre is also said to be the largest gathering space.

Further, it will also comprise a multifunctional hall, with a capacity of 4000 while a large plenary hall can accommodate 3,000 people. 

According to Sanjay Singh, director, ARCOP, the new space will have mechanised walls that can be shifted to create space to house at least 7,000 people. It will have two auditoriums with seating space for 900 and 600 guests, respectively. 

One of the highlighting features of the design is the plaza, in which the transparent exterior has been slanted to reflect the skyline on the ground. The firms' employed traditional techniques of cooling such as the use of natural sandstone and jaalis to allow proper air circulation.

Further, advanced audio-visual and IT networks will ensure that the activities happening in both of these auditoriums can be relayed in real-time.

Moreover, the massive project will also have one of the highest exhibition halls in the country, with its height being near 18.5 metres.

Solution For Traffic Congestion

During fairs and exhibitions, we generally experience excessive traffic congestion in Pragati Maidan. To avoid such blockages, the new design includes the provision for a basement, which will join the Ring road through a number of tunnels, thereby projecting traffic on Mathura Road. 

There will be 1.6 million square feet of parking area within the premises out of which 60,000 square feet area will be dedicated to AC check-in security plazas. There will be a bus station where around 60 buses can stand. Further, the two food courts, apart from small kiosks, will allow people to enjoy and have food. 

The aim of the corridor project is to offer smooth access to the new world-class exhibition and convention centre. The idea was to foster commerce and trade in the national capital, with the prospective offices in the center likely to focus on travel and tourism.


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