Extracts of the Minuets of the 195th Board of Directors Meeting held on 29-12-20151

(S. R. Sahoo, Company Secretary, issued 8.1.16)

Item No.A-4: Approval of project of developing an Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Complex at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The Board was briefed on agenda which included the need of redevelopment of Pragati Maidan Complex into an international Exhibition-cum-Convention Complex, optimum use of idle land of Pragati Maidan, direction of Department of Commerce in 2010, the process already taken up by ITPO wherein Adviser-cum-Project Management Consultant (APMC)2 was appointed, Government of India advising PPP Mode and denial of any grant/financial assistance and approval fo the Board in its meeting held on 2nd March, 2015 for construction of Convention Centre in Phase-1A by using ITPO's own funds of Rs. 677 crore, issues raised by some Architects for preserving certain buildings like Nehru Pavilion and the Hall of Nations and other Halls and dilapidated condition of quite old halls which were built way back in 1957, 1972, etc.

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The Board discussed the agenda as proposed to the Board and deliberated at length. Board Members enquired about following various points: 

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  • Regarding objections raised by some Architects relating to preserving certain buildings like Nehru Pavilion and Hall of Nations etc., it was mentioned to the Board that DUAC has not declared these buildings as heritage buildings and further the current land use of Pragati Maidan is International Convention Centre hence converting the halls 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (which are in dilapidated condition) and Nehru Pavilion into Museum and being kept as heritage structure will be in contradiction of ITPO's mandate and Pragati Maidan land use as per MPD-2021