Patna International Convention Centre is the ambitious project of the state government to build a multipurpose convention centre to be used for cultural, recreational, business and other activities. It will come up in the northern side of the Gandhi Maidan in an area of 11.82 acres. The Rs. 490 Crore project will have several building in the convention complex. It will include Convention Centre cum Gyan Bhavan, Auditorium, Food Court, an Entertainment corner, VIP lounge, and an architecturally designed gate named as Sabhyata Dwar (Gate of Civilization). The complex will have two parts, linked with a subway. The foundation stone of the Convention Centre was laid by CM Nitish Kumar in February 2014.
The capacity of the auditorium will be around 5000. The centrally air-conditioned auditorium will be the biggest in the state. Till now, S K Memorial Hall had the capacity to hold 1500 persons. In the Gyan Bhawan, a big meeting hall of 800 capacity will be built along with several other meeting halls of different capacities. It will have four floors including basement where 450 vehicles can be parked. The height of the building will be 35 meters. It will be an earthquake resistant and a green building. It will be a iconic building in which 16500 MT(Metric Tonne) of steel will be used. The Sabhyata Dwar will symbolize two thousand years history of this region. It will symbolize the heritage and civilization of ancient, medieval and modern Bihar. It will come up near the bank of river Ganges. The Dwar will give "unparalleled cultural delight" to people, as CM Nitish Kumar had said in 2012. The food court will come up near to it.
The need for such centre was felt during the Global Bihar Summit in 2012 when S K Memorial Hall was found to be inadequate for holding such global summit. The site for the convention centre was finally decided to be in the north to Gandhi Maidan, because of its proximity and centrality in the city. Several government residential buildings including that of City SP and judges were pulled down to make space for the complex. However, the design was slightly modified after girls of Magadh Mahila College protested over closure of the approach road to the college. Building Construction Department (BCD) of the state government is the executing agency. The project report has been prepared by DDF Consultant Pvt. Ltd, a Delhi-based consulting company. The centre is slated to be completed by November 2015.