In pictures: Pragati Maidan in the process of a historic facelift

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Widely known for hosting country’s signature event India International Trader Fair, Pragati Maidan is undergoing a historical makeover. Hall of Nations at Hall No 6 in Pragati Maidan. This was the country’s first pillar-less building and it also faces demolition. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Widely known for hosting country’s signature event India International Trader Fair, Pragati Maidan is undergoing a historical makeover. Hall of Nations at Hall No 6 in Pragati Maidan. This was the country’s first pillar-less building and it also faces demolition. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

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In this photo taken on 02 November 1972 a group of visitors posing for a photograph at Pragati Maidan during Asia '72 Exhibition. The venue is set to get an Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) spread over in 123 acres, complete with 500-room hotel, large food and beverages complex, pools, moving floors and helipad, besides exhibition halls. (Virendra prabhakar/HT File Photo)

In this photo taken on 02 November 1972 a group of visitors posing for a photograph at Pragati Maidan during Asia '72 Exhibition. The venue is set to get an Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) spread over in 123 acres, complete with 500-room hotel, large food and beverages complex, pools, moving floors and helipad, besides exhibition halls. (Virendra prabhakar/HT File Photo)

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In this photo taken on 19 July 1972 women labourers and their children visit a function organized by the Trade fair Authority of India in honour of construction workers and their families who worked day and night to construct the exhibition grounds for the Asiad 72 an International Exhibition, for various participating industries across the globe. (KK Chawla/HT File Photo)

In this photo taken on 19 July 1972 women labourers and their children visit a function organized by the Trade fair Authority of India in honour of construction workers and their families who worked day and night to construct the exhibition grounds for the Asiad 72 an International Exhibition, for various participating industries across the globe. (KK Chawla/HT File Photo)

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In this photo taken on 15 September 1972 shows Former Prime Minister of India arriving at an exhibition at Mathura Road. The IECC, a flagship project of India Trade Promotion Organisation under the commerce ministry, is likely to open with G20 Summit in early 2019. (Babu Ram/HT File Photo)

In this photo taken on 15 September 1972 shows Former Prime Minister of India arriving at an exhibition at Mathura Road. The IECC, a flagship project of India Trade Promotion Organisation under the commerce ministry, is likely to open with G20 Summit in early 2019. (Babu Ram/HT File Photo)

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In this photo taken on 05 November 1972 shows Delhi Pavilion at Pragati Maidan during the first exhibition named , Asia '72. It is expected to compete with world’s best exhibition complexes like Crystal Palace in London, Biosphere in Montreal and Eiffel Tower in Paris. (Babu Ram/HT File Photo)

In this photo taken on 05 November 1972 shows Delhi Pavilion at Pragati Maidan during the first exhibition named , Asia '72. It is expected to compete with world’s best exhibition complexes like Crystal Palace in London, Biosphere in Montreal and Eiffel Tower in Paris. (Babu Ram/HT File Photo)

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People enjoy at Asia '72 Exhibition on 02 November 1972. ITPO officials say IECC will be a signature complex showcasing the technological, scientific, economic, and intellectual prowess of resurgent India. (Rane Prakash/HT File Photo)

People enjoy at Asia '72 Exhibition on 02 November 1972. ITPO officials say IECC will be a signature complex showcasing the technological, scientific, economic, and intellectual prowess of resurgent India. (Rane Prakash/HT File Photo)

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Caron displayed at the Italian Pavilion during Asia 72 at Pragati Maidan 07 November 1972. According to commerce ministry, the project is envisaged to become a high-tech connection between the city, its people and the global community. The centre has been designed to ensure clarity of function and ease of circulation. (KK Chawla/HT File photo)

Caron displayed at the Italian Pavilion during Asia 72 at Pragati Maidan 07 November 1972. According to commerce ministry, the project is envisaged to become a high-tech connection between the city, its people and the global community. The centre has been designed to ensure clarity of function and ease of circulation. (KK Chawla/HT File photo)

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Demolished Hall No.1 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Once IECC is complete, the visitors will not have to park their cars outside as the plan includes a parking lot for 4,800 cars. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Demolished Hall No.1 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Once IECC is complete, the visitors will not have to park their cars outside as the plan includes a parking lot for 4,800 cars. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

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A total of 27 halls and pavilions including 23 state pavilions, six ministry pavilions, eight halls (No. 1-6, 14 and 15) are to be razed. However, air-conditioned exhibition halls (7A-H, 8,9, 10,11,12,12A &18) will not be demolished and the annual IITF for 2017 and 2018 will be held in these halls, the ITPO officials said. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

A total of 27 halls and pavilions including 23 state pavilions, six ministry pavilions, eight halls (No. 1-6, 14 and 15) are to be razed. However, air-conditioned exhibition halls (7A-H, 8,9, 10,11,12,12A &18) will not be demolished and the annual IITF for 2017 and 2018 will be held in these halls, the ITPO officials said. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

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The venue is set to get an Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) spread over in 123 acres, complete with 500-room hotel, large food and beverages complex, pools, moving floors and helipad, besides exhibition halls. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

The venue is set to get an Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) spread over in 123 acres, complete with 500-room hotel, large food and beverages complex, pools, moving floors and helipad, besides exhibition halls. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

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The convention centre will have a seating capacity of 7,000 in single format (3,000 pax Plenary Hall and 4,000 pax Functional Hall) fully equipped with facilities for country-to-country level international conferences and conventions. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

The convention centre will have a seating capacity of 7,000 in single format (3,000 pax Plenary Hall and 4,000 pax Functional Hall) fully equipped with facilities for country-to-country level international conferences and conventions. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

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The space below the podium will be used for food and beverage outlets, service and storing facilities of furniture for Convention Centre. Other features include amphitheatre and other facilities to showcase India’s culture and heritage. The Crafts Museum and Science Museum will continue to function as it is. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

The space below the podium will be used for food and beverage outlets, service and storing facilities of furniture for Convention Centre. Other features include amphitheatre and other facilities to showcase India’s culture and heritage. The Crafts Museum and Science Museum will continue to function as it is. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

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However, India’s first pillar-less structure Hall of Nations, iconic Nehru Memorial Pavilion and Hall of Industries also face demolition. The fate of these buildings that hosted India’s first modern trade fair in 1972 is likely to be announced by Delhi High Court on February 23. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

However, India’s first pillar-less structure Hall of Nations, iconic Nehru Memorial Pavilion and Hall of Industries also face demolition. The fate of these buildings that hosted India’s first modern trade fair in 1972 is likely to be announced by Delhi High Court on February 23. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

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