Firhad urges completion of convention centre by Dec 25
Kolkata: Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development minister, has urged various agencies engaged in completion of Biswa Bangla Convention Centre to complete it by December 25 as the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) will be held here on January 16 and 17, 2018.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata banerjee while addressing the gathering at a meeting organised by Scottish Development International (SDI) at Edinburgh on Thursday had invited businessmen and entrepreneurs to join BGBS and said that it would be held at the Convention Centre. It was the Chief Minister who took the initiative to set up the centre and accordingly Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDC0) took it up and completed the construction of the main centre within three years. Mamata Banerjee had inaugurated the centre on October 13.
Hakim held a meeting with senior officials of HIDCO and the agencies that have been engaged to complete the centre. The deadline to complete the main centre has been fixed on December 25 and also told the agencies to complete at least one floor of the hotel by this date. A national meet of cardiologists will be held soon.
In the past three years, BGBS had been held on Mila Mela ground. It was announced at BGBS 2016 that the meeting in 2017 would be held in the Convention Centre. A model of the Centre had been displayed at BGBS 2016.
In BGBS 2017, representatives from 30 countries are likely to attend. The partner country is Japan and Steel baron LN Mittal is likely to attend the two-day meeting. Mittal had invited Banerjee to his house in London during the latter's recent visit to England.
The Biswa Bangla Convention Centre is the biggest centre of its kind in India.
HIDCO is leaving no stone unturned to make the finest piece of architecture. L&T was engaged to do the construction. Hakim and Debashis Sen, chairman of HIDCO had visited the Centre quite often when the construction was being carried out.
The Centre stands on 10 acre of land and has a 3,000 capacity auditorium. There are four large exhibition halls including a state banquet. A garden food court and two smaller capacity auditoria each with a sitting capacity of 434 people are also present.