Belgaums Exhibition Centre waiting for exhibitions
In Belgaum a permanent Exhibition Centre belonging to the commerce and industries department exists at Auto Nagar which was constructed at a cost of around Rs 12 crore. The same was opened in March 2011 during the Vishwa Kannada Sammelana.
The massive exhibition centre is a 40,906-sq. ft complex spread over 16 acres. A huge convention hall on the ground floor looks massive along with the display centre and reception counter. The first floor houses a conference hall, utilities and other essentials and is fitted with a fire extinguishing unit as well.
The sad part of this is that still not even one exhibition has taken place, sources told this blog. After the opening no exhibition has been done, then why was this built is the question?
The said centre is built in a very nice way as it looks from the images but as it is too far away from the city there have been no takers, we were told.
Speaking to this blog Prakash Kalkundrikar of Yash events said “ Belgaum is in need of a permanent exhibition centre and the one in Auto nagar is very good but it is in the wrong place and there are no transport facilities to the venue. No one will come so far for an exhibition with literally no public transport and also distance is far from the city. Also there are no more grounds on which one can hold exhibitions.”
“Government’s work is God’s work” the wordings on the Vidhan Soudha are sort of ratified by building such centres which are never used for the purpose they have been built for.
The intention with which the said centre was built is very adept but as it is too far it is being lying underutilized.