In a momentous event that promises to redefine India’s stature on the global stage, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is all set to dedicate Phase 1 of the India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) – ‘Yashobhoomi’ to the nation. Scheduled for today, September 17th, 2023, at 11 AM in Dwarka, New Delhi, this inauguration marks a significant milestone in India’s infrastructure development, particularly in the domain of hosting international meetings, conferences, and exhibitions.
A Vision Unveiled
Prime Minister Modi’s visionary pursuit of creating world-class infrastructure for hosting meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) events in India receives a substantial boost with the operationalization of ‘Yashobhoomi’ in Dwarka. With an impressive total project area of over 8.9 lakh square meters and a built-up area exceeding 1.8 lakh square meters, ‘Yashobhoomi’ is poised to become one of the world’s largest MICE facilities.
The Magnificent Convention Centre
One of the jewels in ‘Yashobhoomi’s’ crown is the Convention Centre, which spans over 73 thousand square meters. It comprises 15 convention rooms, including the Main Auditorium and the Grand Ballroom, along with 13 meeting rooms. These spaces collectively boast a capacity to accommodate 11,000 delegates. The Convention Centre also features the largest LED media façade in the country, creating a visually stunning experience for attendees.
The plenary hall within the Convention Centre seats approximately 6,000 guests and incorporates an innovative automated seating system, allowing for versatile configurations. The auditorium’s wooden floors and acoustic wall panels ensure a world-class auditory experience, while the Grand Ballroom, with its unique petal ceiling, can host around 2,500 guests. An extended open area adjoining the Ballroom can seat up to 500 people, catering to various event scales.
Exhibition Halls on a Grand Scale
‘Yashobhoomi’ also boasts some of the largest Exhibition Halls globally, covering an expansive 1.07 lakh square meters. These vast halls will be utilized for hosting exhibitions, trade fairs, and business events. They are connected to a grand foyer space with a distinctive copper ceiling designed to filter light through various skylights. This foyer will house critical support areas, including media rooms, VVIP lounges, cloak facilities, a visitor information center, and ticketing counters.
A Cultural Continuity in Design
Every aspect of ‘Yashobhoomi’ is meticulously designed to represent a continuity with Indian culture. Terrazzo floors with Brass inlay resembling rangoli patterns, suspended sound-absorbent metal cylinders, and patterned walls with ambient lighting all draw inspiration from Indian heritage.
Commitment to Sustainability
‘Yashobhoomi’ demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability with its state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system, provisions for rainwater harvesting, and its prestigious Platinum certification from CII’s Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
Ensuring Security and Accessibility
The facility is equipped with high-tech security provisions to ensure the safety of visitors. It offers underground car parking for over 3,000 cars, complete with more than 100 electric charging points.
Enhanced Metro Connectivity
Prime Minister Modi will also inaugurate the extension of the Delhi Airport Metro Express line from Dwarka Sector 21 to a new metro station, ‘Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector 25.’ This strategic link will provide easy access to ‘Yashobhoomi’ and enhance connectivity to the wider city. Three subways connect the station to the Exhibition Halls, Convention Centre, and Central Arena, ensuring seamless movement for visitors.
Moreover, Delhi Metro will increase the operational speed of Metro trains on the Airport Express Line from 90 to 120 km/hr, substantially reducing travel times. The total journey from ‘New Delhi’ to ‘Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector 25’ will now take a mere 21 minutes.
In sum, ‘Yashobhoomi’ represents a significant step forward in India’s aspirations to host world-class conventions and exhibitions. It not only embodies modernity and grandeur but also proudly reflects the essence of Indian culture. This inauguration is a testament to India’s commitment to becoming a global hub for MICE events and is sure to leave a lasting impact on the international stage.