The last date for completing the convention centre is December 2016.
It will be a combination of Vigyan Bhavan and India habitat Centre, Debashis Sen, chairman of Hidco said on Monday. Search for the operator through bid system has already started.
HIDCO through tender has selected a firm that is playing the role of a transition adviser.
They are recording feed backs given by the firms and soon national tender will be floated. It was learnt that several firms have shown keen interest in the project.
It may be mentioned that the initiative was taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who gave her idea to the senior Hidco officials.
It has become the top most priority of the state government to showcase the uniqueness of Bengal’s cultural life and rich heritage to the world.
As the thrust of the new government is to complete the ongoing project, steps have been taken to complete it on time much ahead of the Bengal Global Business Summit scheduled which is scheduled in January 2017.
The centre is coming up on a 10 acre plot. There will be an auditorium which can accomodate around 3,000 people.
There will be seminar halls along with 100 guest rooms. The centre will have a library, swimming pool and gymnasium.
As the centre will be close to the Kolkata airport it will be easier for senior government officials from other states to stay here and attend seminars or address press conferences.
New Town has already emerged as a cultural hub. Cultural programmes are being held in Rabindra Tirtha and Nazrul Tirtha.
In Rabindra Tirtha budding directors present their plays every Sunday. Once completed the auditorium will cater to a vast population in North 24-Parganas who are unable to go to Rabindra Sadan- Nandan complex due to distance.
The New Town has been declared as a smart city and Rs 200 crore will be provided by the Centre and state governments per year for five years.
The area has become a major tourist attraction with thousands of people visiting Eco park on Saturdays and Sundays.