Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention centre in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi today. The two-storey convention centre can accommodate 1,200 people and was constructed with the aid of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
He also laid foundation stones of multiple development projects worth more than ₹1,500 crore at the IIT-BHU ground.
BJP's official handle shared a video of the aerial view of the Convention centre. "Aerial view of International Cooperation and Convention Centre, Rudraksh inaugurated by PM Modi", the party wrote.
The PM also lauded Japan's efforts in helping to build the convention centre.
Modi also thanked his Yoshihide Suga, his Japanese counterpart, for personally taking an interest in the project. He expressed happiness that a new chapter of friendship was being written today, and referred to the Delhi-Mumbai high-speed train and industrial corridor, being built with Japanese cooperation.
As many as 108 Rudraksh have been installed at the convention centre and its roof is shaped like a Shiva Linga, officials said, adding that the entire building will glow with LED lights at night.
The roof of the building has been constructed to resemble the Shiva Linga. At night, the entire building will glow with LED lights. The gallery showcases Varanasi’s distinct culture and heritage, with murals depicting its art and music. If required, the main hall can be partitioned into smaller spaces for events.
Apart from collaboration between India and Japan, the objective of the project is also to provide opportunities for cultural interactions between people.