The government has decided to have a convention centre with a separate auditorium and dining hall in the land earlier identified for a manimandapam for former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Kamaraj on the East Coast Road near Siddhanandhar temple.
A notification sanctioning an amount of Rs. 21. 80 crore to construct the fully air-conditioned convention centre and auditorium was issued two months ago, a senior government official told The Hindu.
It might be recalled that during the tenure of former Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, the foundation was laid for the Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Manimandapam project, which would accommodate the IAS, IPS training academy for backward class students.
As per the re-worked project plan, the convention centre would have ground plus two floors. The triangular shape centre coming up in an area of 2350 square metres would house 3 lecture halls, each having a capacity to accommodate 140 people and six conference halls.
The landscape would be provided in a way to give the natural look of a kolam. A musical waterfall would be another added attraction, the official said.
The auditorium, which too has been designed in a triangular shape, can accommodate 432 persons in the ground floor and another 224 in the balcony. It has been designed for organising indoor plays, cultural events, film festival and other social activities. Besides the convention centre and auditorium, there would also be a dining block to cater to the hospitality needs of the visitors.
The government had already released Rs 5 crore. The Public Works Department had started the process of floating the tender to award the contract for the work, the official informed.