Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates new exhibition complex at Pragati Maidan

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Modi also said that PM GatiShakti targets to cut logistic costs, increase cargo handling capacity and reduce the turnaround time.

New Delhi: Prime Minister  Narendra Modi inaugurated new exhibition complex  (Halls 2,3,4 & 5)  of International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC)  at  Pragati Maidan, here on Wednesday, launching national master plan for multi-model connectivity, ‘PM GatiShakti’.

While dedicating the new exhibition complex to the nation, he hoped that the new exhibition infrastructure at Pragati Maidan would be immensely significant in showcasing India‘s brand excellence globally and providing fresh impetus to promote exports from MSMEs.

Earlier, the  PM was welcomed by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry along with senior government officials and he was briefed about IECC project by  L.C. Goyal, CMD, ITPO.  He also visited an exhibition and reviewed the model of the new exhibition complex at Pragati Maidan,   before launching the GatiShakti plan with the press of a remote button.

The ambitious plan of PM GatiShakti envisages a centralised portal to unite the infrastructural initiatives planned and initiated by as many as 16 central ministries and departments. Speaking at the event, Modi also said that PM GatiShakti targets to cut logistic costs, increase cargo handling capacity and reduce the turnaround time.

The plan envisioned by the  PM, is a campaign to lend more speed (Gati) and power (Shakti) to projects by connecting all concerned departments on one platform.  This way, the infrastructure schemes of various ministries and state governments will be designed and executed with a common vision,  Modi said.

The  New Exhibition Complex (Halls 2,3,4 & 5) is an integral part of the redevelopment plan of Pragati Maidan which is a project of national importance. There are four exhibition halls comprising exhibition area of 70,000 sq. mts.

A unique feature of the project is simultaneous construction of a 1.1Km tunnel connecting India Gate to Ring Road across Pragati Maidan and 6 underpasses to perceptibly decongest traffic in and around Pragati Maidan and improve and enhance access to Pragati Maidan and its surrounding areas.

The project has, a total built–up area of 4.2 million sq. ft, comprising an iconic, world-class ‘Convention Centre’ that can accommodate 7,000 delegates in a single format, six modern exhibition halls with an exhibition area of 1.5 lakh sqm and plenty of underground parking facilities (with capacity of around 4500 nos. vehicles and good infrastructure connectivity to encourage use of public transportation, but also allow roads to decongest fast.  It will also significantly reduce the vehicular pollution levels.

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