Joining hands with the Chandigarh election department, 31 hotels and 41 resturants have agreed to offer one-time discount of 30% to voters. In an attempt to increase voter turnout, hotels and restaurants have been roped in by UT deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer Mohammed Shayin.
Some of the prominent hotels and restaurants include Taj, JW Marriott, Aroma, Western Court, Yo China, Café Coffee Day, Sindhi Sweets, Swagath and Oven Fresh.
In addition to this, the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Limited (CITCO) shall allow 35% discount on food (excluding buffet) at Hotel Mountview and Hotel Shivalikview and 20% discount on food at Hotel Parkview on April 10 and 11 to voters.
Also to attract voters, the department has planned a three-day shopping festival starting from April 11 in association with the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM).
Shayin said during the event, heavy discount would be offered to voters. All multiplexes and cinema halls in the city have also joined the election department's drive to encourage city residents to vote by deciding to provide free cold drinks and popcorns to voters on poll day by showing indelible ink mark on their finger.
The department eyes over 80% voter turnout, which was 65.5% in the last parliamentary election held in 2009. In the last elections, the city had witnessed a turnout of 65.5%. The highest-ever voter turnout in the city has been 66.85% recorded in 1971, followed by 66.12% in 1977.