Amaravati: The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) has invited applications from international players for Request for Qualification (RFQ) for creating a world-class state-of-the-art Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions MICE hub in the upcoming capital of Amaravati.
The final date for submitting the applications will be September 25.
The main component of MICE will be a mega international convention centre that will be built at a cost of Rs 309 crore, along with allied facilities that will include a spanking new exhibition centre, hotels, multi-entertainment hub, retail and commercial development, food court and river front. This will be created at a cost of Rs 42 crore in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in Design, Finance Build Operate and Transfer ( DFBOT) method. This will also be the main attraction in the Central Business District (CBD) in the C6 zone as mentioned in the master plan.
Apart from a permanent government complex, this will be the first project meant for the people of the capital city. Earlier, CRDA had called for bids for the construction of star hotels but had received a lukewarm response. Now, the star hotels will be part of this MICE hub.
Apart from this mini convention hall, a few five star hotels which will have about 500 rooms will be part of the MICE hub. A commercial tower with 10 lakh sft will come up in the second phase. A food court and VVIP lounges will be the additional features of the project. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) will also be floated for executing the project. The mega conventional centre will have 6000 seating capacity attached to AC halls, exhibition halls. The total cost of the project will be Rs 1,220 crore. CRDA will also offer all incentives, subsidies, benefits that are mentioned under the AP Tourism Policy (2015- 20). CRDA also said companies (not more than three) can be formed into a consortium. In the first phase of the project, Rs 535 crore will be spend and in the second phase, Rs 535 crore will be spend.
CRDA also roped in IIDC Limited (IL&FS) to be the consultants for this project.
Other key features include iconic designs for convention centres and the exhibition hall building. A separate no-traffic zone with e-carts for internal movement will come up. The MICE hub will be built with special features like zero discharge, smart buildings, ICT-enabled zone, smart lighting, and single entry registration among others. The proposed international convention centre will finally converge into a single hall with a capacity of 10,000 seating if required.
The exhibition hall will come up in 4,000 sq m in Phase 1. The project also envisions riverfront development, and multilevel car parking.