After nearly ten years of planning, CM Ashok Gehlot on Monday officially opened the Rajasthan International Centre.
The Sangshtan Path is a road that links the OTS crossing located at JLN Marg to Jhalana Road, where the RIC is located.
“The interior of the center is designed in the style of Rajasthani architecture.”
Rajasthan International Center inaugurated by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot
“I’m happy that the project has finally launched, despite the lengthy development process. Numerous structures in Delhi hold landmark status. With the addition of one such landmark, Jaipur can now also boast,” said CM Ashok Gehlot.
The project’s foundation stone was laid in Jhalana Doongri, directly across from the Aranya Bhawan, in April 2013 by the then-chief minister, Ashok Gehlot. The work on this project, however, was progressing slowly due to the change in government and a few other factors.
And finally, starting in mid-2019, the project work picked up speed after Congress regained control in December 2018. Although it was supposed to be inaugurated in November 2022, there was a slight delay.
Ashok Gehlot On Centre’s Inauguration
बहुप्रतीक्षित राजस्थान इंटरनेशनल सेंटर का निर्माण सदैव से ही प्रदेश सरकार की प्राथमिकता में शामिल रहा। आज राजस्थान की पहचान को अंतरराष्ट्रीय स्तर तक ले जाने वाले इस केंद्र का लोकार्पण कर संतुष्टि का अनुभव हुआ ।
हमारी सरकार राजस्थान के सम्मान में कल, आज और कल हमेशा समर्पित है। pic.twitter.com/WBVJ3tRPJq
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) April 17, 2023
According to the plans, the center will include an auditorium with a seating capacity of 700, a convention center with a capacity of 500, two mini auditoriums with a capacity of 170 each, an exhibition area with a seating capacity of 500, two conference rooms, one multipurpose room, an e-library, three lecture halls, and two restaurants.
“An ornamental pattern from Jaisalmer is used to decorate the walls of the auditorium. The convention center and pre-function area will include halls modeled after the City Palace and Hawa Mahal. The mini-auditorium is being built using a Marwar design,” Avadhesh Mathur, JDA’s superintendent of engineering, said.
RIC Green Area
In addition to landscaping the RIC compound in Jhalana Doongri, JDA officials spent thousands on plants and flowers.
The park’s expansive lawn area is 5,000 square meters, the largest on any JDA property besides parks, gardens, or green verges, said Kanhaiya Sharma, the DFO JDA, speaking to TOI.
“When selecting species in an area like Rajasthan, where the weather is harsh in the winter and even in the summer, we have to be very careful. In the case of RIC, it was done in a way to keep the compound colorful in the winter and green in the summer,” Sharma continued.
Urban Development Minister Shanti Dhariwal’s Statement
Shanti Dhariwal, a minister for the UDH, used the occasion to lambast the BJP administration for failing to complete the project. “The Congress government has hardly ever did not succeed to finish a task that we started. However, there is a history of the BJP government abandoning projects that were started by us. As the government changed, we were unable to finish the project that we began in April 2013,” said Dhariwal.