Rajya Sabha Unstarred Question No. 820 to be answered on 23rd November, 2016
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
(DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE)
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 820
TO BE ANSWERED ON 23rd NOVEMBER, 2016
DEMOLITION OF ITPO'S HALL OF NATIONS
820. SHRI MAJEED MEMON:
Will the Minister of COMMERCE & INDUSTRY be pleased to state:
(a) whether any decision with regard to razing of India Trade Promotion Organisation's (ITPO's) Hall of Nations and Nehru Pavilion has been taken;
(b) whether international organisations have written to the Ministry to save these two buildings claiming they represented 20th century iconic structures; and
(c) if so, Government's decision to this effect?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
(SMT. NIRMALA SITHARAMAN)
(a): The re-development of Pragati Maidan Complex entails a comprehensive and integrated approach to setting up of a much needed world class State-of-the Artand Iconic Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre. This is proposed to be developed in two Phases by dismantling 23 State Pavilions and 5 Central Ministry Pavilions, Halls No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 and other building structures coming in the area.The Hall of Nations and the Nehru Pavilion are also included in this list.
(b) & (c): Representations have been received amongst others from some international organisations with a request to save the Hall of Nations and the Nehru Pavilion, stating that these buildings are heritage buildings in nature. ITPO has examined the representations and after due consideration informed that neither the Hall of Nations nor the Nehru Pavilion in the premises of Pragati Maidan is notified a Heritage building by the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) or the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).