Patna International Convention Center likely by 2015 end

The first International Convention Center of Bihar is likely be ready 2015 end. Built on the patterns of Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi, it would be spread across 11 acres on the north of Gandhi Maidan, Patna.

Patna Convention Center, a part of which would be called Gyan Bhawan, will have several halls of the seating capacity of 200-3000 people, intended to host several conferences. The other part specifically called International Convention Center would have a seating capacity of 5000 and is intended to hot major Conclaves and Summits.

The Patna convention Center is being constructed on the riverfront of Ganga and would have a big Sabhayata Dwar (Gate of Civilization) for sightseeing and ferries across the river Ganga.

The riverside centre will be a fusion of both modern and traditional Buddhist architectural features.

The centre would have a cultural and media centre, VIP lounge, an entertainment corner,  concourse area with lifestyle shopping and a food court.

Its need was first felt in 2011 during two day Global Bihar Summit. The only such establishment SK Memorial Hall is old and lacks modern facilities.

In 2012, Bihar Government sanctioned Rs 274.2 crore for the project. The detailed project report (DPR) for the convention centre was prepared by  DDF Consultants. The Construction started in 2012 is being supervised by Building Construction Department (Bihar Government).

According to Chanchal Kumar, Secretary BCD, it would take another 2 years before the International Convention Center gets ready.