Tenders for two heritage hotels by March
“The requests for the proposal for the two properties are being finalised and by March tenders will be issued,” state chief secretary Nihal Chand Goel told Hindustan Times.jaipur Updated: Jan 03, 2018 20:54 IST
JAIPUR: The Rajasthan government will issue tenders for the lease of two heritage hotels–Khasa Kothi in Jaipur and Anand Bhawan in Udaipur--by March, a top official said on Wednesday.
“The requests for the proposal for the two properties are being finalised and by March tenders will be issued,” state chief secretary Nihal Chand Goel told Hindustan Times.
The two properties are not being sold but are being given on lease on a public-private-partnership model for operating and maintaining for a period of 30 years, Goel said.
“The properties on lease will provide annual revenue to state government as the hotels are running in losses and not optimally utilized,” he said.
“The move to lease out would add revenue not just to the state but to the city as well,” he said, adding that the government will ensure that the heritage character of the properties is maintained.
The government conducted a study by the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal to ensure that the heritage values of the properties are not tampered with.
The Hotel Jaipur Ashok, which in September 2017, was transferred to the Rajasthan government by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), will be also be run by the state government, Goyal said.
The state government had paid ₹14 crore to the ITDC.
There are more than 65 employees working at the Anand Bhawan and Khasa Kothi, with an annual financial liability of ₹3 crore, a senior official, who did not wish to be named, said.
The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) is facing a debt of more than ₹ 154 crore, the official said, adding that the RTDC will not be able to function effectively if the liability continues to increase.