National Media Centre
राष्ट्रीय मीडिया केन्द्र
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Address7-E, Raisina Road,
LocationNew Delhi
OwnerGovernment of India
TypeMedia centre
Capacity283
Construction
Broke ground5 December 2001
Opened24 August 2013 (2013-08-24)
Construction costRs.60 crore

28°37′06″N 77°13′01″E / 28.6183799°N 77.2169529°E / 28.6183799; 77.2169529 National Media Centre (also known as National Press Centre) is the media centre of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Its situated on Raisina Road in Central Delhi, close to the Rashtrapati Bhawan and Sansad Bhavan (Parliament House) and important ministries. The foundation ceremony for it was done in 2001. It was inaugurated in 2013. It houses the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and publicity offices of the ministry.[1] It was modeled on media centres in Washington and Tokyo and other capitals.

History

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee laid the foundation and performed the bhoomi poojan on 5 December 2001 for the National Press Centre as it was named then. It was built by National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) at a cost of 60 crore (US$7.5 million) over a period of three years. and was inaugurated on 24 August 2013 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.[2][3]

Structure

The centre is built on a 1.95-acre plot. The glass facade building consists of four floors with a hall for press conferences that can seat 283 people, a briefing room with 60-person capacity, 24 workstations. It has all modern communication needs. It also has a library, lounge and cafeteria. The press conference hall and media lounge have Wi-Fi access.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Sonia, PM to launch Rs 60 cr media centre". Hindustan Times. 24 August 2013. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Communication hub of Rs 60 crore inaugurated in heart of capital". Deccan Chronicle. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  3. ^ "National Media Centre inaugurated, PM cautions against calumny (Roundup)". India.nydailynews.com. 24 August 2013. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  4. ^ "PM, Sonia Gandhi inaugurate communication hub in New Delhi". NDTV.com. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.