Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan were present at the inauguration of the Rashtrapati Bhavan Ceremonial Hall, among other dignitaries.

The hall is for hosting important ceremonial events. The hall forms part of an integrated Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre with an art gallery, multi-purpose halls and an auditorium.

It has been built as an extension of the existing auditorium. The 55m x 41m hall has been built keeping in mind the requirements of August 15 'At Home' receptions and 'Guards of Honour' for visiting foreign dignitaries during inclement weather, said an official statement.

Construction of the hall, whose foundation stone was laid December 18, 2013, was completed within a year.

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