Cidco's state-of-the-art exhibition centre at Vashi was finally inaugurated on Thursday by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. The opening of the centre was postponed twice earlier as Chavan was not available to attend the function.
The opening ceremony was attended by deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and Thane guardian minister Ganesh Naik. The Vashi exhibition centre has been adjudged among top six exhibitions centres of the country, claimed Sanjay Bhatia, vice-chairman and managing director of the planning agency.
The complex, spread over 7.41 hectares of land, received compliments from Chavan, thanks to the architecture of the centre. Chavan said, "The is the new beginning for Navi Mumbai, as it will help more business in the sister city of Mumbai."
The centre has been constructed at Rs256 crore, with a total build-up area of 41,905 sq metre. The fully air-conditioned complex has two large exhibition halls of nearly 5,000 sq metre, each sub-divisible for smaller events and functions with ancillary facilities, meeting rooms, cafes, lounges, food court, among others.
The central hall between two blocks will be used as an additional exhibition space or special occasion area; a public hall of nearly 2,600 sq metre has been constructed on the first floor. Bhatia said, "The exhibition centre will be run on public-private-partnership and a tender has been also floated for the same."
Earlier due to some problems, including technical and issues with contractors, the opening was delayed. Located adjacent to the Sion-Panvel highway, with close proximity to Vashi station, the purpose behind constructing this centre is to promote high-level of interactions between businesses.
The exhibition centre also consists of a business centre, an ancillary block and is a green building certified by the Indian Green Building Council under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria. The centre has an underground air distribution system and daylight harvesting facilities. Recycled water will be used in toilets and for gardening purposes.
Similarly, it will be an extension to the main exhibition centre across the road with a 750-seat auditorium, entrance foyer, conference centre and open plaza to come up on the first level. The second level will have a banquet hall, rehearsal halls, staff areas, elevated plaza with amphitheatre, while the third level will consist of a large multipurpose hall with pantry facility. A provision for parking nearly 450 cars within the premises has also been made.