The Samrat Ashoka Convention Kendra in Patna has been selected for the 10th Vishwakarma Award by the Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) for being the best construction project in India. The award will be presented to the state government on March 7.
Samrat Ashoka Convention Kendra, built at an estimated cost of Rs 490 crore, is a world class public building for convention activities. It has been constructed by state’s Building Construction department. The Convention centre has three major signature buildings – Bapu Sabahagaar, an auditorium of 5000 seating capacity, Gyan Bhawan with 800 capacity auditorium (lecture theater type), multipurpose hall and other conference halls of various capacities; and Sabhayta dwar (Civilization Gate). The symbolic structure encasing Bihar’s glorious tradition and culture stands at a majestic height of 32 meters. The Dwar is taller than the Gate way of India (Mumbai) and is a unique example of eclectic architecture.
The Planning Commission, Government of India, now Niti Aayog jointly with the Indian construction industry has set up Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) to take up activities for the development of the Indian construction industry.
The award is decided on different parameters like duration of the construction, project overrun, engagement of innovative techniques, quality of manpower engaged, management, skilled construction workers, impact on environment, deployment of green technologies, recycling of materials and social impact created by the project, among others.