The Hall of Nations: A lost heritage of Delhi

The Hall of Nations and the Hall of Industries, two of the national capital's iconic modern architectural landmarks, celebrated globally, are now history. The Hall of Nations and the Hall of Industries have been demolished to make way for a state-of-the-art modern complex which would add immensely to the profile of the capital city. The halls, regarded as 'modern architecture marvels', were built at Pragati Maidan to celebrate 25 years of the country's independence.

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Built in 1972, the iconic Hall of Nations a permanent exhibition venue and a 20th-century heritage site at Pragati Maidan was demolished on Sunday night. This was the country’s first pillar-less building. (Shahbaz Khan / PTI)

Built in 1972, the iconic Hall of Nations a permanent exhibition venue and a 20th-century heritage site at Pragati Maidan was demolished on Sunday night. This was the country’s first pillar-less building. (Shahbaz Khan / PTI)

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Visitors at Pragati Maidan exhibition ground looking at the range of tractors displayed at a pavilion in New Delhi. (SN Sinha / HT Photo)

Visitors at Pragati Maidan exhibition ground looking at the range of tractors displayed at a pavilion in New Delhi. (SN Sinha / HT Photo)

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The building owned by the Indian Trade Promotion Council (ITPC) was designed by Indian modernist, Raj Rewal, and engineered by Mahendra Raj in 1972. Widely known for hosting country’s signature event India International Trader Fair, is undergoing a historical makeover. (PTI)

The building owned by the Indian Trade Promotion Council (ITPC) was designed by Indian modernist, Raj Rewal, and engineered by Mahendra Raj in 1972. Widely known for hosting country’s signature event India International Trader Fair, is undergoing a historical makeover. (PTI)

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The Hall of Nations and the Hall of Industries have been demolished to make way for a state-of-the-art modern complex which would add immensely to the profile of the capital city. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The Hall of Nations and the Hall of Industries have been demolished to make way for a state-of-the-art modern complex which would add immensely to the profile of the capital city. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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The Demolition of the Nehru Pavilion is still under way. These buildings were not categorised as heritage by the Heritage Conservation of Committee (HCC) as those are only 45 -years-old. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

The Demolition of the Nehru Pavilion is still under way. These buildings were not categorised as heritage by the Heritage Conservation of Committee (HCC) as those are only 45 -years-old. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

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Japan 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. (Chawla / HT Photo)

Japan 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. (Chawla / HT Photo)

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A world-class iconic convention centre, will be built in place. The 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)

A world-class iconic convention centre, will be built in place. The 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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Trade Fair Authority of India Chairman Mohammed Yunus honouring construction workers and their families at Pragati Maidan who worked day and night to construct the exhibition grounds for the Asiad 72 an International Exhibition. (KK Chawla / HT photo)

Trade Fair Authority of India Chairman Mohammed Yunus honouring construction workers and their families at Pragati Maidan who worked day and night to construct the exhibition grounds for the Asiad 72 an International Exhibition. (KK Chawla / HT photo)

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As per the Centre’s plan, the exhibition-cum-convention complex will come up in a few years. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

As per the Centre’s plan, the exhibition-cum-convention complex will come up in a few years. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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Seven exhibition centres, spread over an area of nearly 1.5 lakh sqm, will come up in Pragati Maidan. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Seven exhibition centres, spread over an area of nearly 1.5 lakh sqm, will come up in Pragati Maidan. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

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A group of visitors posing for a photograph at Pragati Maidan during Asia ‘72 Exhibition. (Virendra Prabhakar / HT photo)

A group of visitors posing for a photograph at Pragati Maidan during Asia ‘72 Exhibition. (Virendra Prabhakar / HT photo)

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As the Hall of Nations lies in ruins, the heritage lovers in the city, described the demolition as a ‘huge architectural loss’. (Shahbaz Khan / PTI)

As the Hall of Nations lies in ruins, the heritage lovers in the city, described the demolition as a ‘huge architectural loss’. (Shahbaz Khan / PTI)

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