Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today said a mini-convention centre is being planned here which will make up for the required infrastructure for IFFI. Kamat told reporters that the Planning Commission would be approached seeking funds to set up this convention centre, which will come up next to existing Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) building here.
“This convention centre would be a smaller one with around 2,000 sitting capacity. The bigger centre can come up elsewhere,” Kamat said recalling that in past the Planning Commission, had agreed to fund the convention centre for Goa.
Spread over 3,800 square metre, the centre will have two layer parking facility. Kamat said that Union Information and Broadcasting Secretary Raghu Menon during his Goa visit on Tuesday went through the proposed project.
The Chief Minister said that I&B ministry officials have already started preparing for IFFI 2011 which is scheduled in November-December. He said that there is a suggestion that the inaugural ceremony of IFFI should be shifted from Panaji to Margao city where there the spacious state-government owned `Ravindra Bhavan’ auditorium is located.
Kamat said the sitting capacity of this auditorium is more and hence it could be a preferred facility to hold grand inaugural for the festival.