Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to unveil a groundbreaking addition to India’s infrastructure on Sunday as he inaugurates the first phase of ‘Yashobhoomi’– the India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) in Dwarka, New Delhi. The PM will inaugurate the first phase of this engineering marvel with a vision of having a world-class infrastructure for hosting meetings, conferences and exhibitions in the country.
A Monumental Marvel: ‘Yashobhoomi’
Covering a sprawling project area of over 8.9 lakh square meters, with a total built-up area exceeding 1.8 lakh square meters, ‘Yashobhoomi’ will soon rank among the world’s largest MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) facilities.
Developed at a staggering cost of approximately Rs. 5400 crore, ‘Yashobhoomi’ boasts an array of impressive features, including a magnificent Convention Centre, expansive Exhibition halls, and various other amenities.
The Convention Center: A Hub of Excellence
Spanning more than 73 thousand square meters, the Convention Center is a hub of excellence, comprising 15 convention rooms, including the Main Auditorium, the Grand Ballroom, and 13 meeting rooms. With a combined capacity to host 11,000 delegates, it features the largest LED media facade in the country.
The plenary hall, with seating for approximately 6,000 guests, is equipped with an innovative automated seating system that allows for flexible configurations, transforming the floor from flat to tiered seating. The auditorium’s wooden floors and acoustic wall panels promise a world-class experience.
The Grand Ballroom, featuring a unique petal ceiling, accommodates around 2,500 guests and offers an extended open area seating up to 500 people. The 13 meeting rooms, spread across eight floors, are designed to host various meetings of different scales.
World-Class Exhibition Halls
‘Yashobhoomi’ also boasts one of the world’s largest Exhibition halls, covering over 1.07 lakh square meters. These halls are primed for exhibitions, trade fairs, and business events and are connected to a grand foyer space with a distinctive copper ceiling that filters in natural light. The foyer houses support areas such as Media rooms, VVIP lounges, Cloak facilities, and a visitor information centre.
A Cultural Tribute in Design
The public circulation areas within ‘Yashobhoomi’ reflect a seamless blend of convention center outdoor spaces with materials and objects inspired by Indian culture. Terrazzo floors with Brass inlay depict rangoli patterns, suspended sound-absorbent metal cylinders, and illuminated patterned walls adorn the surroundings.
Commitment to Sustainability and Security
The commitment to sustainability is evident in ‘Yashobhoomi’ with a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system that achieves 100% wastewater reuse, provisions for rainwater harvesting, and a Platinum certification from CII’s Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for its eco-friendly campus.
The facility is also equipped with high-tech security provisions to ensure the safety of visitors, while the underground car parking facility can accommodate over 3,000 cars, featuring more than 100 electric charging points.
‘Yashobhoomi’ offers seamless connectivity to Delhi with the inauguration of the new ‘Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector 25’ metro station, connected to the Delhi Airport Metro Express line. The station features three subways, ensuring easy access to the Exhibition halls, convention centre, and Central Arena.
In addition, the Delhi Metro has increased the operational speed of Metro trains on the Airport Express Line, reducing travel time. The journey from ‘New Delhi’ to ‘Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector 25’ will now take just about 21 minutes, making it convenient for visitors from across the city.
‘Yashobhoomi’ represents a significant leap in India’s capabilities to host world-class events and is poised to become a landmark in the global convention and exhibition space. Prime Minister Modi’s inauguration of the first phase marks a historic milestone in India’s quest for excellence in infrastructure and hospitality.