Dated: 9th August 2013
Guests attending seminars and conferences might be provided with accommodation facilities by the convention centres in Delhi.
According to the existing MPD guidelines, international convention centres are classified as semi – public and public facilities where hotels are not permitted. This has been reviewed by a committee of experts and has gained the approval for setting up hotels and other activities in convention centres.
Movement between the conference venue and lodges would become easy for guests if hotels are built in convention centres. A maximum of 40% of a centre’s FAR (floor area ratio) has been recommended by the committee to be permitted for the use as hotels and other related activities. The suggestion would proceed through an advisory committee headed by Lieutenant Governor – who is also the chairman of Delhi Development Authority for approval. Mr.Ramesh Menon of Certes Realty opines that this move will be critical to real estate as it will be a great international makeover for sure.
Apart from an overall increase in FAR, the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India had suggested to allow hotels in international convention centres. These centres would also comprise – restaurants, multiplexes and food courts. A report has been presented by the federation stating that similar facilities are available in convention centres in 6 international cities. The decision on this matter is still pending.
A DDA official acknowledged – it is not that Delhi does not have any good convention centres but their structure is not enough to hold international conferences hence if the changes in the MPD get the final nod, Delhi will see international standard convention centres.
According to the new norms, convention centres would be provided with extra facilities as one is being built by DDA in Dwarka Sector 11 which spreads over 10 acres. DDA has also plans to come up with three more convention centres as one each in South Delhi, Shahdara in East Delhi and Pitampura in Northwest Delhi. The proposed international convention centre at Pragati Maidan would also receive help.