The lack of any five-star facility in Patna, the state capital was severly felt during the three-day Global Summit on Changing Bihar-2012.
However, the good news is that the capital may get a swanky hub — International Convention Centre — to host such events by the end of 2014. DDF Consultants Pvt. Ltd department has been selected to prepare a detailed project report (DPR).
A dream project of chief minister Nitish Kumar, the convention centre is to likely be developed over an area of 47,955sq metre or 12acres near Gandhi Maidan at an estimated cost of Rs. 274.20 crore.
The convention centre would be developed on a plot marked for the residences of the district and sessions judge, several legislators, the divisional office of BCD, the superintendent, the civil surgeon and a proposed police office. The buildings would be razed to build the International Convention Cen-tre by the end of 2014.
According to Building construction minister Damodar Raut : “It has been observed that the increasing number of famous people, government and non-government organisations from across the world are being invited to Patna for various conferences and other events. Such events are helpful for the for the state’s development. However, in the absence of any exclusive convention centre, many common people are not getting benefits of such events.”
He added: “According to the requirements and the ideology of chief minister Nitish Kumar, we have decided to develop the proposed International Convention Centre near Gandhi Maidan because it is in the heart of the city. The state cabinet gave its nod to the scheme on January 20. Our department has also selected the firm, which would prepare the DPR for the project. Our plan is to complete the work by the end of 2014.”
The state cabinet had on March 10, 2010 given its in-principal approval for the development of the centre on an area spread across 12acres. On December 12, 2011, the building construction department approved the preliminary project report prepared by an architect selected through national competitive bidding on August 11, 2010. The proposed centre would have a main convention hall on a built-up area of 18,450sqkm and a seating capacity for 5000.