New Delhi: A new state-of-the-art convention
centre built by the New Delhi Municipal Council in the heart
of the national capital was unveiled on Monday by Union Home
Minister P Chidambaram.
Constructed in the New Delhi City Centre (NDCC) Complex
on Parliament Street, the centre houses a modern auditorium
with a capacity of approximately 300 people, six conference
halls, a business centre and a cafeteria.
Chidambaram said the NDMC should use this convention centre
not only for government meetings or functions but also for
social events such as cultural programme, plays and exhibition
On this occasion, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
noted that the centre is the last part of NDCC project and now
it has become a iconic building complex in the heart of city
where citizens of Delhi will be able to showcase their
cultural or social activities.
Santosh D Vaidya, Secretary of NDMC said the convention
centre represents a "rare blend of modernity and heritage".
"From the outside, the building facade and curves resemble
that of the Jantar Mantar nearby," he said.
The scheme for construction of New Delhi City Centre was
approved in 1969. The design was chosen after an all-India
architectural competition during 1965-66 and the scheme was
envisaged to be taken up in two phases.
In phase-I, a 20-storeyed building block was proposed. In
the second phase, two blocks comprising a multi-storeyed
block, auditorium, art gallery and library were planned.
The work on the first phase, popularly known as the Palika
Kendra, was completed in 1981. It houses the headquarters of
the NDMC. The 10-storeyed complex adjacent to the convention
centre was completed in 2008.