REDEVELOPMENT OF PRAGATHI MAIDAN:
INTRODUCTION ABOUT PRAGATHI MAIDAN:
Pragati Maidan is a venue for large exhibitions and conventions in New Delhi. It is having an area of nearly 150 acres, was the biggest exhibition centre in Delhi. It was demolished in April 2017.
This complex houses five permanent exhibitions which include the Nehru Pavalion, Atomic Energy and Defense Pavilion. Some of the events held in Pragati Maidan are the India International Trade Fair, World Book Fair and the Auto Expo.
The two-week-long India International Trade Fair (IITF) begins here each year on 14 November. In 1999, during the fair, two new air-conditioned halls 12 and 13 on an area of 9,000 sq. m. were opened to public, when some 5,200 enterprises, over 70 companies from 14 countries set up shop. The 2003 IITF saw 25 lakh visitors to Pragati Maidan. Today, Northern Railways runs special trains to Pragati Maidan during the annual fair, as does the Delhi Metro, which handled an average daily ridership of 50,000 commuters during the 2008 fair.
At a corner of Pragati Maidan, on Mathura Road lies "Matka Peer" or the dargah shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Abubakr Tusi Qalandari, a mystic who came to Delhi from Iran, around the 1260s CE. Further down on Bhairon road, lies the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum and further down stands the National Science Centre. The Pragati Maidan Delhi Metro station which is the largest station on the section built over an area of 6,800 square metres, opened in November 2006, during the ongoing India International Trade Fair, and on the eight day, over 2 lakh passenger used the facility.
Each year, the Income Tax Department opens over 150 counters for filing Income Tax returns. It also hosted Wills Lifestyle Indian Fashion Week (WIFW) of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), in 2008 and 2009., apart from exhibitions of almost all major industries, from toys, leather, lifestyle products and services, exports to medical equipment and sports equipments, and even a job fair. To Host all events there should an integrated convention center for conferences,meeting and for bigger conventions.
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• An attempt to give back to the city what belongs to the city i.e. returning a living space to Delhi.
• It took the entire world by surprise by being an architectural and structural marvel.
• Er. Mahendra Raj, a man- made a structure that would stand tall and be immortal for all the architects and architecture students.
• This project is to improve each and every field of interest and help the nation in the economic and physical development.
• To provide a world class platform for organizing government –to-government , business-to- business and government –to-business. To provide capacity for hosting larger conventions/conferences currently untouched by Indian convention centre due to capacity constraints.
• To design convention centre for larger conventions and exhibition halls for host international level exhibitions.
• To provide a space or platform for conducting seminar and meeting regarding the national and international trade and for training.
• To design a centre which is become a landmark building.
• To design a space for public realm.
• To pay homage to the lost Architectural marvel.
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