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Convention centre in Ranchi

To crown its immense tourism potential, Jharkhand is all set to get a 1,500-seat convention centre, the foundation of which was laid in capital Ranchi on Friday.

Union tourism minister and local MP Subodh Kant Sahay did the honours at Hotel Ranchi Ashok — a joint venture of Indian Tourism Development Coporation (ITDC) with the state — in the presence his state counterpart Vimla Pradhan and ITDC vice-chairman and managing director Lalit K. Pawar.

Addressing a gathering of officials and mediapersons, Sahay said Jharkhand never had a large enough convention hall, which could have helped promote business tourism. But now, the multi-crore project on anvil will take fill this lucuna, he added.

Once complete, the two-storey convention centre will boast a covered area of 13,000sqft on the ground floor, which will house kitchen and dining spaces, besides other facilities. The first floor will host a 7,000sqft multi-purpose hall.

Sahay confirmed that Rs 5 crore had already been sanctioned by the Centre as a first instalment for the ambitious project, which will help generate more revenue.

The Union minister also informed that they had selected 34 sites for development of a Ranchi mega tourism circuit for Rs 38 crore.

Sahay pointed out that keeping tourist spots clean was essential. He pointed out how ITDC had adopted Qutub Minar in Delhi under Campaign Clean India and was maintaining it. He urged the state government to motivate business houses and public sector undertakings to adopt hotspots and keep them tidy. “This will pay rich dividends,” he said.