Minto Hall becomes example of heritage preservation
Bhopal. Minto Hall International Convention Centre is a fine example of heritage preservation. This has been restored without changing its original form. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was addressing the dedication function of Minto Hall International Convention Centre renovated at a cost of Rs. 65 crore.
He mentioned that the history of this building is connected with Madhya Pradesh’s history. Many memories are connected with this unique building. Madhya Pradesh has glorious history of parliamentary traditions. Keeping in view the maintenance and better use of this heritage, it has been developed as the International Convention centre. This will make us feel proud. Chouhan congratulated all, who rendered cooperation in completing this work.
The Speaker Vidhan Sabha Dr. Sharma mentioned that the people of the state have received a unique gift in the form of the International Convention Centre. This building has emerged in the new form after 185 years approximately. This historical building has seen many eras. The Principle Secretary Hariranjan Rao informed that this centre has been made as per the heritage policy of the state.
The CM Chouhan honoured craftsmen, service team, interior decorators, members of engineering, architect and management team involved in the restoration work. A short film focusing Minto hall was showcased at the programme. He also took the round of the Minto Hall.
Minister for Panchayat and Rural Development Gopal Bhargava, Minister for Public Health Engineering Kusum Mehdele, Minister for School Education Kunwar Vijay Shah, Minister for Women and Child Development Archana Chitnis, Minister for Revenue Umashankar Gupta, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Surendra Patwa, Minister of State for Cooperative Vishwas Sarang, Minister of State for Ayush Jalam Singh Patel, Mayor Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament Alok Sanjar, Former Chief Minister Babulal Gaur, MLAs and other Public Representatives were present on the occasion. Vote of thanks was proposed by the Managing Director of the Tourism Development Corporation Ilayya Raja T.
The MInto Hall - The construction of the Minto Hall was started in the year 1909 and completed by 1936. This building was used as Vidhan Sabha from 1956 to 1996. In the year 2014, it was handed over to the Tourism Corporation for conservation. It has been restored without changing its original form. This building has seating capacity of about 1100 persons. The restoration work of this heritage building has been completed within a period of 2 years by spending Rs. 65 crore. The Minto hall has been equipped with most advance audio-video system, fire extinguishing system and air conditioning system. The original paintings made on the walls of this building have been kept intact. The building has been renovated using old technique.