Thursday, April 22, 2004

Need for a permanent exhibition complex and concert venue

Bangalore is sorely in need of a permanent venue for expositions and concerts. The Palace Grounds is an apology of a venue for hosting leading international artistes and lacks amenities of any sort. In 2000, the ITPO or India Trade Promotion Organization, which runs the Pragati Maidan complex in New Delhi put forth a proposal to build exhibition complexes in Chennai and Bangalore in collaboration with the respective state governments. The Tamil Nadu state government granted 25 acres of land near the airport while the Karnataka government allocated 50 acres of land in the Export Promotion Industrial Park in Whitefield. While the TNTPO Centre promptly came up two years later there is no sign of the one in Bangalore. Even the Andhra Pradesh government has gone ahead and established a modern exposition centre, HITEX, all by itself, in Hyderabad. DNA Networks, the company that brings most of the international artistes to Bangalore spoke about establishing a permanent concert venue near Yelahanka some years ago. One hasn't heard anything on that one either ever since.


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