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All hotels booked to capacity, as Ludhiana plays host to 6,300 doctors

Be ready for a wild goose chase if you are hosting an out-of station guest next week and are looking for a room in a city hotel. With Ludhiana hosting a physicians' conference to be attended by nearly 6,300 experts from across the country from February 20 to 23, there are no hotel rooms available in the city and rooms of hotels as far as Phillaur, Phagwara and even Jalandhar have been booked.

punjab Updated: Feb 14, 2014 20:38 IST
Monica Sharma

Be ready for a wild goose chase if you are hosting an out-of station guest next week and are looking for a room in a city hotel. With Ludhiana hosting a physicians' conference to be attended by nearly 6,300 experts from across the country from February 20 to 23, there are no hotel rooms available in the city and rooms of hotels as far as Phillaur, Phagwara and even Jalandhar have been booked.

The annual conference of Association of Physicians of India is to be inaugurated by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and being held in Punjab after around 50 years. At the upmarket Park Plaza and Radisson Blu hotels of the city, all rooms have been booked. On calling the two hotels, the staff said the rooms had been booked for the conference from February 19 to 23 doctors and that no room was available.

The meet's organising secretary and a prominent cardiologist, Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, said, "We have booked rooms in almost all the hotels of the city and nearby places like Jalandhar, Phillaur and Phagwara. Guest houses of prominent universities have also been booked to accommodate the doctors."

He added, "As the conference is being held in Punjab after 50 years, the number of participating doctors is a little more when compared to previous years. The conference was generally held in metropolitan cities. This time the theme is 'Generating Indian Evidence' and focus is on communicable and non-communicable diseases."