Hi tech habitat centre proposed in Sec 33A
Estimated to cost about Rs 200 crore, the multi-storied centre is proposed to sprawl across 12.5 hectares
May 25, 2013
Source : The Times of India


NOIDA: A world-class habitat centre on the lines of the famed India Habitat Centre in New Delhi is soon going to be a reality in Noida. The Noida Authority has invited reputed architects to propose designs for the facility. Estimated to cost about Rs 200 crore, the multi-storied centre is proposed to sprawl across 12.5 hectares in Noida. Design models and plans are to be presented to the Authority by June 17.

Proposed to be located in Noida's Sector 33A, opposite the sprawling City Center, the facility is likely to shape up soon, said officials. "An expanse of land measuring about 30 acres has been earmarked for the project," said Rama Raman, chairman and CEO, Noida. "The project is expected to be the first fully integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct in the district. The centre is intended to provide an opportunity for organizations, business executives, academics and professionals to gather and interact in an informal environment," the official added.

The Authority has been studying various international models of convention centres and has proposed that the new facility be state-of-the-art. On Thursday, they invited bids and proposals from world-renowned architects, designers and consultants to construct the facility. "The idea is to improve and strengthen the existing socio-cultural infrastructure of Noida. The project will be tailored to create better value for the taxpayer as well as all stakeholders," the CCEO said.

The convention centre would boast a performance and venue facilities, resource centre, auditorium, library, amphitheatres, halls for exhibitions and seminars as well as a fully-loaded library allowing for significant improvements to the public domain. A food plaza hosting national and international cuisines will also form a part of the centre. "The centre will enable a world class experience," said AK Goel, chief maintenance engineer (civil), Noida. According to officials, while the land will belong to the Authority, the selected company will build the facility at their cost.

The new flexible facility will allow Noida to tackle the convention market head-on, providing capacity and flexibility for 'mega' conferences and a range of other major events, the CME informed. So far, Noida or Greater Noida do not have such a facility in place. A plan for building a convention area similar in pattern is also being mulled over in Greater Noida.

Designs and plans for the state-of-the-art project will be viewed by senior officials on June 17. Interested companies and individuals have been asked to present layout plans, architectural drawings, floor plans and three-dimensional models for selection. Once the Authority has decided on the designs and financial details are worked out, work will soon start. The target for completing the project has been kept at two years, officials said.

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