Last chance to see Pragati Maidan in International Trade Fair
This could just be your last chance to see Pragati Maidan, as it stands right now, at the ongoing India International Trade Fair (IITF).
The iconic set of the exhibition halls created by a legendary architect Raj Rewal and has been hailed as India’s brightest ‘modern heritage,’ which will be demolished soon.
In spite of protests by the heritage conservationists and enthusiasts, the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) authorities are further going ahead with the process of replacing the structure with new state-of-the-art buildings.
Maidans to be razed on November 27
A tender had been further floated for the architects to submit their designs for the new facilities. Now, officials say that the work of bulldozing most of the buildings under its redevelopment plan, which will start immediately after the fair concludes, which would be on November 27.
LC Goyal, chairman and managing director of ITPO said all halls, with the exception of halls 7-12 will be pulled down to make way for 1.5 lakh sq m of the exhibition space and a convention hall. These will be able to further accommodate up to 8,000 people at a time.
Pragati Maidan first space frame
Pragati Maidan was the first large span ‘space frame’ in reinforced concrete in the world. Designs like ‘Space frame’ at that time were made in glass and steel. However, since India lacked that quality of steel, concrete was used.
DELHI PAVILION HAVE BEEN UNVEILED
Meanwhile, the ‘Delhi Pavilion’ was further unveiled at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) here on Monday by the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. It has boasted of having the theme of ‘Digital Delhi,’ showcasing government’s various digital initiatives.
These have included online VAT registration, Swachh Delhi App, online sanction for the building plans and introduction of medicine vending machines. The AAP government’s ambitious project – ‘Mohalla Clinics’ was also at the centre of the attraction at the pavilion which has also showcased reduction in power bills, free water upto 700 litres, smart school classes and Car-Free Day.
Sisodia, who was accompanied by Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain and Environment Minister Imran Hussain, visited stalls of different departments installed at the pavilion.
The Delhi government said that it is planning to switch over to e-governance completely, which primarily means governance by application of information and communication technology.