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Habitat centre-type socio-cultural zone

delhi Updated: Nov 24, 2009 23:55 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta

After getting a new transport facility on Tuesday, Dwarka will now very soon get a swanky new socio-cultural centre on the lines of the India Habitat Centre.

The centre will be located on a 10-acre land adjacent to DDA sports club in Sector 11.

Called the Indraprastha Cultural Society, it will be set up by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) — the city's largest land owning and developing agency. The concept plan for the Dwarka centre was recently finalised.

“The centre is in an advanced stage of planning. The concept for the proposed project has already been approved. We would shortly call bids for Expressions of Interest to select architects for the project,” said Neemo Dhar, DDA spokesperson.

The development authority has appointed L.K. Joshi, a former patron of the Indian Habitat Centre (IHC), as a consultant. Joshi prepared the concept plan for the project.

The centre will have a main auditorium with a seating capacity of 500 people, two conference/seminar rooms, four dining halls, an exhibition hall and art gallery, a permanent art exhibition hall, library, resource centre, indoor multi purpose halls, a reading room and a video library.

There will also be space for open-air theatres, lawns, pathways, water bodies, cafeteria, restaurant and landscaped garden.

DDA officials said that the centre at Dwarka is the first of the four such centres it is planning to set up in the city.

“Unlike IHC or the India International Centre, these centres would not have an elitist image and would cater largely to the local population,” said a DDA official who did not want to be quoted.

“The need to set up more socio cultural centres was felt since there are only a handful of such centres at present and they are restricted to selected pockets of central and south Delhi,” said the official.