Delhi New Capital Region (NCR) in India is all set to get a new integrated complex, providing a boost to the country’s meetings and corporate events capabilities.
Named the India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC), India’s prime minister Narender Modi recently laid the foundation stone that signified the start of the project. The project will cost an estimated 26,000 crore rupees (US$3.5 billion)
Located in New Delhiâ€™s Dwarka subcity, IICC will be able to accommodate 11,000 pax, and the venue will boast five exhibition halls, a one-kilometre-long foyer, and a multipurpose arena with a retractable roof. There will also beÂ mixed-use commercial spaces like hotels, retail services and high-end offices.
IICC will be developed in two phases, with Phase 1 slated to complete by December 2019, while Phase 2 will be completed by December 2024.
The project, planned over an area of 89 hectares, once fully operational is expected to hold more than 100 major international and local exhibitions annually. As well, the delegate attendance is expected to cross 1.5 million annually after the second phase of the project is completed.
Stakeholders interviewed have voiced their support for the IICC project.
â€śThere is a need for purpose-built MICE venues in the country and IICC will fill that vacuum. It being located in the national capital and (near the) international airport will give it an edge over other MICE facilities in the region,â€ť said Chander Mansharamani, managing director, Alpcord Network Travel & Conferences.
Sanzeev Bhatia, general manager, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa, added: â€śBig conferences in New Delhi (are currently) restricted to Pragati Maidan, but with this new venue, MICE planners and corporates will have more options to organise their events.”