Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Surat Diamond Exchange in Gujarat on Sunday. It is the largest office building in the world. News from India Today.
In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the Surat Diamond Bourse will be the world’s largest and most modern hub for international diamond and jewelery trade. The building will be a global center for the trade of both rough and polished diamonds as well as jewellery.
It will have a state-of-the-art ‘Customs Clearance House’ for import and export, a jewelery mall for retail jewelery business and international banking and safe vault facilities.
In August, the building was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest office building. The building has overtaken the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defense, to occupy the top spot.
The construction of Surat Diamond Exchange started in February 2015. Its work was completed in 2022 The size of the building is 67 lakh square feet, constructed at a cost of about 3.5 billion rupees. It has the capacity to hold about 4500 diamond trading offices
Built on 35.54 acres of land, this megastructure has nine ground towers and 15 floors. Office space ranging from 300 sq ft to 1 lakh sq ft. Nine rectangular towers are connected by a central spine. The building has received a platinum ranking from the Indian Green Building Council.