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Youth Hostel in the city fails to become a successful entity

punjab Updated: Aug 24, 2014 22:38 IST
Harvinder Kaur
Harvinder Kaur

The Youth Hostel, a part of the Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) that has branches in various cities across the nation, did not prove to be a successful establishment in the city. The Youth Hostel was established in Jalandhar in 2011 but not many are utilising it or know about it. The main reason behind this is the location of the hostel in the remotest part of the city, adjacent to the Surjit Hockey Stadium.

Captain Inderjit Singh Dhami, assistant director of Youth Service who looks after the Jalandhar branch said, "We usually have 15 to 20 people who come to stay here temporarily but we are expecting more people will use this branch for accommodation."

He added, "Since it is a self financing institute, we are in need of funds so that we can build infrastructure, develop lawns and provide facilities in the hostel premises."

Nirmal Singh, hostel manager said, "We are running a self-financing institute and are not getting any kind of help from the state. This branch has not been able to attract many people. Since the establishment of this branch, we have not received even a single tourist."

Though the hostel usually remains vacant, it gets crowded during tournaments since players use it for accommodation. The youth hostel was used recently to accommodate students of Meritorious School for five days when their hostel was not ready.

The hostel of the city branch consists of three dormitories for boys and girls each, two big dormitories, one double bedroom and one common room and dining room. The hostel was built as a joint venture of the central and state government. Under the plan, the central government's role was to develop the building and provide five lakh at the initial stage while the state government's role was to provide electricity, develop sewerage system, construct walls, tube wells and internal roads. The major problem with the branch is that the state government which was to provide a working capital of `50,000 annually has not yet given the funds.