It does not look like the Capital would be ready by 2010 to host the seven lakh tourists expected to turn up for the Commonwealth Games.
The economic slowdown and bureaucratic red-tapism seems to have put a question mark on the timely completion of the 33 hotels, plots for which were auctioned by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) over the last two years.
A fortnight ago, the Delhi government had written to the DDA recommending cancellation of six hotel plots for failing to apply for the necessary environment clearance. These plots are located at Anand Vihar, Mandawali, Vivek Vihar, Mayur Vihar and Alipur.
Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta told HT: “These hotels have not applied for environmental clearance till date despite repeated reminders. So we have written to the DDA asking them cancel the allotment of these plots. But the DDA is yet to respond.”
This is not the sole instance of the hotel project running into trouble.
Last month, it came to light that a group of developers who bought two hotel plots from DDA have defaulted on payment within the stipulated time fixed by the agency. The developers have now asked the Union urban development ministry to bail them out by extending the payment deadline. But till the permission comes through, the DDA has directed the developers to halt construction at both the sites.
The ministry is yet to give permission to th eDDA.
The Union tourism ministry has said that Delhi and adjoining NCR would require 30,000 rooms to accommodate the approximately 7 lakh tourist expected to turn up for the Games.The 33 plots auctioned by DDA for developing star and budget hotels are expected to generate about 6,000 hotel rooms. But till date construction on not even a single hotel has been completed.