On his birthday, September 17th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of the International Convention and Expo Center (IICC),Yashobhoomi, in Dwarka, Delhi. Cheers of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” echoed in the convention center after PM Modi’s inauguration.
Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated the expansion of the Delhi Airport Metro Express Line from Dwarka Sector 21 to a new metro station, ‘Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector 25’.
Upon his arrival at the Yashobhoomi Convention Center, PM Modi interacted with artisans and craftsmen.
Following the inauguration of Yashobhoomi and the Delhi Metro Airport Line expansion, PM Modi launched his government’s ambitious ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme on this occasion. The aim of this scheme is to assist artisans, craftsmen, and others engaged in traditional skills.
As these traditional businesses largely come from economically weaker sections, this scheme, with an expenditure of ₹13,000 crore, is seen as reaching out to a crucial constituency for the ruling BJP politically.
Speaking at the event, PM Modi announced that under the PM Vishwakarma scheme, the government would provide loans of up to ₹3 lakh without any (bank) guarantee. It has also been ensured that the interest rate will be very low. The government has decided to provide a loan of ₹1 at the beginning, and when it is repaid, the government will provide an additional ₹2 lakh loan to Vishwakarma beneficiaries.
PM Modi said, “Today, the country has got the Yashobhoomi International Exhibition Center. The way the work has been done here reflects the dedication of my Vishwakarma brothers. I announce this center for every Vishwakarma in the country.”
Yashobhoomi is set to become one of the world’s largest MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions) facilities, with a project area of more than 8.9 lakh square meters and a total constructed area of more than 1.8 lakh square meters.
The Convention Center, spread over an area of more than 73,000 square meters, includes 15 convention halls, comprising a main auditorium, a ballroom, and 13 meeting rooms, with a total seating capacity of 11,000 delegates.
The main auditorium of the Convention Center is a full hall and is equipped to host approximately 6,000 guests, with a retractable seating system that allows for various seating arrangements.
The ballroom, with its unique domed roof, can host around 2,500 guests and includes an additional open area for seating up to 500 people. The 13 meeting rooms, spread across eight levels, are designed to accommodate a series of meetings at different levels.
In addition to these facilities, Yashobhoomi also offers one of the largest exhibition halls in the world, covering 1.07 lakh square meters. These grand exhibition halls will host exhibitions, trade fairs, and business events. The halls are complemented by several support areas such as media rooms, VIP lounges, cloakroom facilities, visitor information centers, and ticket counters.
This is expected to be a significant boon for artisans and craftsmen engaged in traditional arts and crafts in India and will elevate Indian art and craftsmanship to a global level. PM Modi highlighted the importance of Vishwakarma artisans and their indispensable role in our society, saying, “Just as the spine is essential to our body, so are our Vishwakarma brothers… Life without them is unimaginable.