Need to set up convention centre in MIHAN: VED

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2017 10:24:31


Business Bureau,

The Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) has time and again reiterated the need for an international convention-cum-exhibition centre (NICE) in MIHAN.

VED had earlier lauded the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for asking the officials concerned to prepare a plan for a grand state-of-the-art international convention centre in MIHAN, an issue that VED had been pursuing for almost two decades and for which VED got professional planners also. The CM had said, the Centre would provide a well-equipped facility to industries in the MIHAN-SEZ area to conduct functions, workshops, business conferences, exhibitions etc. but nothing has come of it as yet.

“It is important to note that next to the Administration Building of MIHAN there are two contiguous, commercial plots of 21 acres and 22 acres i.e. 43 acres which is a massive area, appropriate and suitable for such a centre. Also, the peripheral development is already in place in MIHAN,” said Devendra Parekh, President of VED.

Apart from these advantages, MIHAN is connected to the national highway, and the Nagpur Metro to be in operational in 2018, is just about 200-300 meters from it. “The main advantage is the power supply to MIHAN, the rates for which have now been subsidised. The Wardha Road, Butibori and MIHAN area is today the nucleus of growth with a high concentration of traders, MSMEs and Hingna Industrial Estate, all close-by. All these contribute to the viability of the establishment of such a facility here,” he noted.

As for the finances, the Ministry of Commerce, GoI, can provide a funding of Rs 50 crore for the convention centre as Viability Gap Funding (VGF). VED has urged the State Government to develop the facility and hand it over for running on an O&M basis, he said.

“Nagpur has a unique location being the epicenter of India. Well-connected, it has immense potential for development of medical, educational, tourism and industrial sectors among others. The private sector had already identified these spheres and all-round development is being witnessed here today. The public sector had also identified Nagpur as a city of international importance. The infrastructure development such as integrated road development programme too has given the city a face-lift,” Parekh added.

An international convention centre would bring the trade and commerce, culture and education, science and technology belonging to the world community on one platform and set global trends, said Rahul Upganlawar, Secretary General of VED. “The location of such a centre will give a unique international status to the city. Nagpur being the most suitable and having untapped potential is ideal for the purpose. VED want to widen the prospects of Nagpur to bring it on the world map and the setting up of an international convention and exhibition centre is one of VED’s visions of Nagpur 2030. VED is committed not only to economic but overall development of Vidarbha region and for this centre it had interacted with several organisations,” he said.

A Nagpur International Convention and Exhibition Centre has, in fact, been a long overdue necessity for Vidarbha and south India. It would be an alternative to Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. What the Pragati Maidan is to the north, such a centre in central India would be to central and south India. It is logistically very sound to have such a centre in the centre of India i.e. Nagpur, rather than transport goods for such exhibitions all the way up to Delhi to Pragati Maidan; transportation costs are a major saving as they get halved, and Nagpur is much more economical than Delhi, Upganlawar added.

“Nagpur, centrally located, has good domestic and international connectivity by air, rail and road, a lot of tourism destinations around it and well-developed infrastructure (accommodation and hospitality).

The primary rationale for developing the centre is to improve substantially the region’s capability for hosting medium to large-scale international conferences and exhibitions (averaging over 2,00,000 delegates), he said.