Information Technology and Panchayat Raj Minister K T Rama Rao on Wednesday said that the State Government would soon provide single-window clearances for all events being held in GHMC limits. Speaking at the launch of Telangana Chamber of Events Industry (TCEI), KTR said that he would request GHMC authorities to make it possible for event organisers to get all clearances like fire, safety and police permission from a single entity within GHMC.
He said that the Government was coming up with a Rs 100-crore Hyderabad Habitat Centre (HHC), similar to New Delhi’s Indian Habitat Centre, at Khanamet. This centre would act as a cultural hub in the city to promote art and heritage of the region, said the IT minister. “Our government is committed to decongesting Hyderabad by coming up with various clusters for the growth of the city. As part of this, Pharma city, Cinema city, Sports city and Education city have been planned in and around Hyderabad.
We want to see many global events happening in city. Recently, the Indian Badminton League and the Pro Kabaddi League wanted to be part of the recently launched initiative, Happening Hyderabad,” he said. Congratulating TCEI members for their initiative, he said that such measures would help government, law and order officials and GHMC while conducting events. “Now that the events sector is organised, we can have mediations and dialogues, which were not possible earlier,” he said. Founder president of TCEI Surat Singh Malhotra said that the Chamber would be a first-of-its-kind industry body across the nation.
The not-for-profit organisation would function as an umbrella organisation for event management, wedding planners, exhibitors, entertainment, sound / light / video production, caterers, entertainers and other facilitators, he informed. TCEI would promote, protect and propagate events industry in the state, he said. He added that there was enormous potential for the events industry across the country. Malhotra said that in 2008, the events industry was worth Rs 800 crore, whereas in 2014, it is expected to be around Rs 5,000 crore, an increase of about 600 per cent.
“It is estimated that the events industry in the state generates Rs 300 crore annually, which see a rise because of this collaboration,” he said. Managing Director of TSIIC Jayesh Ranjan said that Hyderabad was already considered as the convention capital of India and hoped with help of TCEI, it would become the event capital of India. “We should conduct events that are on par with international standards,” he said. TCEI vice-president Rakhi Kankari, actor Poonam Kaur and members of TCEI were present.