Delhi to benefit from cultural hub

6th Mar 2013

Plans are in place to create a cultural and tourist hub in Delhi, similar to Federation Square in Melbourne and the South Bank in London.

Two sites are being considered as the government aims to bring all cultural activities to one venue in the Indian capital. The preference among various departments is to house the precinct in the centre of Delhi, with the International Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) at Pragati Maidan the current frontrunner.

As well as incorporating a centre for the performing arts, the project, which has been backed by minister of state for planning Rajeev Shukla, could see a museum created in the mould of Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

"Considering the issue of availability of land, MoS planning has advised the ministry of culture to approach the ministry of urban development for allotment of 50 acres of land in Dwarka immediately," the concept note read.

"Simultaneously, the ministry of culture should also approach the ministry of commerce for transfer of land under ITPO at Pragati Maidan for the project."

Mr Shukla said a private and public partnership would bring cultural centres together, rather than the present situation of them being spread across the vast city of Delhi.

"Our objective is to have a bold architecture with an integrated space which can bring artists of the world and tourists together," he told Mail Today in India.


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