Modern convention centre for Satya Nagar

An aerial view of Satya Nagar in Bhubaneswar. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar, June 17: The city will get another state-of-the-art convention centre with one such facility being planned for the Satya Nagar Institutional Core Area under the smart city project.

One such centre, modelled on the India International Centre of New Delhi, was recently planned for Unit-VI area.

Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL), the state capital’s special purpose vehicle for implementing the ambitious smart city project, also plans to come up with a dedicated hotel corridor in the proposed institutional core area and the convention centre will be one of the main attractions of it.

“We have followed the example of other leading cities of the country while planning a high-class convention centre here,” said a senior official of BSCL.

He said BSCL planned to seek the help of leading hotel chain operators to manage the convention centre. “The hotel operators have the expertise in managing events and attending to guests in a proper manner. So, we plan to seek their help,” said the official.

Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena said the idea of the convention centre was mooted long ago. But the plan didn’t materialise as they were not getting enough land in one of the city’s strategic locations.

Initially, Janata Maidan was chosen for the convention centre. But later, the plan shifted to Satya Nagar because of the availability of land there.

“The convention centre will be a catalyst in the speedy development of the business district at Satya Nagar,” said Jena.

The smart city officials are likely to adopt the design of the convention centre of Hyderabad. The centre in Hyderabad has state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, design, technology, telecommunication and audio-visual equipment. The centre also has a pillar-less internal hall that can hold a 6,000-delegate plenary and can be portioned into six smaller halls.

“I have been to the international convention centre in Hyderabad. Its planning left me awe-struck. A multinational hotel chain manages the convention centre. Such a facility has become a necessity here as Bhubaneswar is emerging large on the national and international scenario,” said Patia resident Sumit Mehta, an IT professional.

According to the project plan, the Satya Nagar Institutional Core Area will have three zones – north, central and south. The northern zone will be developed as a mixed-use zone with government offices and quarters while the central zone will be the business district with offices and hotels.