First Published: June 11, 2012
Updated: September 3, 2014
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 complex, constructed by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) and located at Auto Nagar in Kanbargi, was inaugurated by the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on the occasion of the second Vishwa Kannada Sammelana held here during March 2011.
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.
Update- As per a government order (2014), the complex was being handed over to the Visvesvaraya Trade Promotion Centre (VTPC), the designated nodal agency of the State for promotion of international trade. However, the delay was on account of settlement of amount involved in the transfer of the complex.