Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Grant Agreement with the Government of India to provide aid of up to 2,240 million yen (approximately Rs130 Cr) for “The Project for Construction of the International Cooperation and Convention Centre in Varanasi”. The VCC is the first of its kind in Varanasi and will function as a platform providing the opportunities for social, cultural interactions and knowledge exchange for the public, thereby contributing to the social-economic development of Varanasi.
The grant agreement was signed between Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office and S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
“The Convention Centre will be one of the prime examples of state-of-the-art facility nurturing the cultural and social exchanges and knowledge sharing amongst the various domestic and international participants that gather here. It is expected not only to enhance the stature of Varanasi but also to add even more attractiveness to its historic heritage,” said Sakamoto.
The centre will comprise of a main hall with a full flying tower, having a seating capacity of 1,200, a gallery, meeting rooms, together with a parking facility of 120 cars. The main hall may be partitioned into smaller spaces, when required. VCC is also planned to be a green building, fit for Level 3 of Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA). VCC is envisaged to be equipped with adequate security and safety systems, with a regular entrance, service entrance and a separate VIP entrance, making it an ideal destination for holding all types of conventions.