Kolkata: Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, eastern India’s largest convention centre, will be inaugurated in Kolkata on Friday by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Among its first events will be the state’s landmark Business Summit on January 16 and 17.
The convention centre is near HIDCO Bhawan and Mother’s Wax Museum in New Town. It has been built on a 10-acre plot. A smaller auditorium with 2,400 seats has also been built up inside the centre. As per officials, the centre was planned in 2013, while construction began in 2014. It took three years to complete construction.
“It will have huge exhibition space. This is first single indoor auditorium with 3,200 seating capacity. The centre will have multi-level underground parking. The campus has four banquet halls”, said Debasis Sen, state additional chief secretary, and West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) CMD .
The project was conceived by the state government, executed by WBHIDCO (a state government corporation developing New Town) and implemented by Larsen and Toubro. It has been designed by Dulal Mukherjee, WBHIDCO’s consultant architect.
Biswa Bangla Convention Centre 2017 had seen participation from 29 countries, with multiple delegations from Europe, America and Asia participating at the summit.