Located at Lodhi Road, near CGO Complex in New Delhi, The India Habitat Centre (IHC) is a multipurpose building conceived to provide a physical ambiance that work as a catalyst for synergetic connection between individuals and institutions or Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) working in diverse habitat related areas to boost their efficiency. With social and commercial spaces, it is the most inclusive convention centre in India that provides a wide range of facilities and opportunities. Though the India Habitat Centre was started in 1993 but it was the brainchild of Former Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi who had a dream to provide a physical environment to various NGOs to have an interaction with the individuals and also with masses to work for the betterment of human lives.
It was the architect, Joseph Allen Stein who designed the building of IHC with the concept of modern and innovative theme. It is mainly built to provide a unique platform for the different professionals and institutions to find out best results related to the problem of habitat and environment with a coordinated manner. The aim of the Centre is to bring a positive and effective approach to resolve the issues related to environmental and regional planning, socio-cultural linkages and information technology, energy productivity, lifestyle choices and proper technology options. The key agenda of IHC is to create awareness among the people about issues related to environment, informing them about the pros and cons of various important things.
Spread in the area of 10 acres, the India Habitat Centre is also available for organize key conferences, seminars, debates, exhibitions and lectures mainly based on issues related to habitat and environment. The Centre is also used to felicitate many social activists and prominent personalities on their contribution to make the lives of human being better. The Centre is just a kilometer away from Jawaharlal Nehru Metro Station. Key locations of Delhi including New Delhi International Airport, New Delhi Railway Station and Connaught Place are also close to IHC. It has more than 37 institutions including Association of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned & Other Developing Countries, Delhi Urban Art Commission, Centre for Development Studies & Activities (CDSA) and National Capital Region - Planning Board. It also has many eateries, art galleries and seminar halls. The Centre opens from 10 AM to 9 PM.