As many as 20 hoteliers have “opted out” of the Commonwealth Games hotel project, putting severe strain on the government's preparedness to provide accommodation to guests of the upcoming mega sporting event.
With the aim of providing 40,000 rooms during the Games, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had auctioned 33 hotel plots to as many hoteliers. Of the 33 hoteliers who bagged the project, 20 have been found to have not completed even 30 per cent of the groundwork. These hoteliers have been considered to have opted out, a senior tourism ministry official said.
The laxity of the hoteliers was evident from the tourism ministry's status report, which showed that many big companies after taking over the plots have not yet completed even 30 per cent work.
“For example, Amar Hospitality which was to construct a 512-room hotel in Shahadara, is moving at a snail's pace and there are not much activity on the ground," the official said. “For us, they have opted out of the Games project.”
Similarly, Asrani Inns is yet to make any headway in constructing two hotels with 375 rooms at Wazirpur. The 219-room hotel at Rohini by Breaze Constructions is also delayed.
IFCI Ltd was given land in Mayur Vihar for building a hotel with 91 rooms, Sewa Hotel was to come up with 72 rooms in Pitampura and Brilliant was committed to construct 138 rooms at Shalimar Bagh. The ministry has put these rooms in the 'doubtful' category after work there almost stopped.