The Haryana Tourism Corporation (HTC) could have put its best foot forward in arranging Sachin Tendulkar's stay at its resort here. But for its "unpreparedness", the master blaster had put up at the district-administration-managed accommodation.
Tendulkar as part of the Mumbai team was here for his last Ranji Trophy match against Haryana at Lahli in the district. His stay, along with Mumbai captain Zaheer Khan's, Waseem Jaffar's and Ajinkya Rahane's, was arranged at district administration's Canal Rest House instead of HTC's better-equipped Tilyar Lake Resort, where politicians and other VIPs stay usually, and Myna Resort. The rest of the Mumbai team, umpires and officials had stayed in a private hotel.
"In view of security concerns, the district administration had decided to arrange Tendulkar's stay at Canal Rest House. The administration felt it was difficult to manage security at Tilyar Lake resort," HTC managing director Sumita Misha told Hindustan Times. She said Tendulkar's stay would have affected other operations for people.
The question that has been raised is why didn't the tourism department plug the loopholes when it had sufficient time. The department was unprepared for the much-hyped sporting event, an employee at Tilyar Lake Resort on the condition of anonymity said.
This reflects badly on the image of the resort that is being "developed on the lines of Singapore's Sentosa Island", so announced union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay last year. The resort is located on the Delhi-Rohtak road and is 70 km from Delhi.
It is being felt that the tourism department could have cashed in on the event to revamp, if not renovate, the resorts and promote itself as the best in hospitality. According to the HTC's official website, Tilyar Lake resort is spread over 132 acres and is one of the greenest stretches in Haryana.
The HTC is known for organising several mega events, including Surajkund crafts mela in Faridabad and Mango festival at Pinjore every year. The Ranji Trophy match in Rohtak could have added another feather in its cap.
On Tilyar Lake Resort being touted as the next Sentosa Island where facilities such as full-proof security are a prerequisite, Misha said all those things were in the pipeline.