Mumbai : In an attempt to tap the poten-tial in meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) in the financial capital of the country, Mumbai, the State go-vernment has revived the plan to build a convention centre in the city. The Mumbai Metropo-litan Region Development Au-thority (MMRDA) has come up with a plan to build a world cla-ss convention centre in Worli. The dairy has not been fun-ctional for several years now.

In a meeting with the Chief Se-cretary of Maharashtra, the MMRDA officials discussed the proposal of housing a conven-tion centre at the Worli Dairy land—prime property on the Worli Sea Face. The plan to ha-ve a convention centre was first mooted in August 2013, but was later shelved. “We had a discussion today with the CS of building a convention centre at Worli. Earlier, the plan of conve-ntion centre at the dairy plot could not take off. The city ne-eds such a facility,” said UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commi-ssioner, MMRDA. Senior officials added various options were discussed including plots in Navi Mumbai and Kalyan, but Worli is the frontrunner. The Worli Dairy plot is spread over 6.4 hectares and has the adva-ntage of being in a prime Sou-th Mumbai location.  A private convention centre is being bu-ilt by Reliance Industries Ltd. on an 18.5 acre plot at Bandra-Kurla Complex. MMRDA offici-als said that this Center is likely to be opened by 2017. Accord-ing to senior bureaucrats, with the Indian economy opening up such facilities to cater to ac-tivities related to trade shows, expos etc, the city needs state of the art convention centre and expo centres to meet the lucrative demands of this sector.

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