It was already tough for the Delhi Commonwealth Games organizers to get the venues and things in place on time for the Games. Now, it seems, even the visitors who come to watch the Games from all over the world will have a tough time as well. Around 20 Hoteliers have dropped out of Commonwealth Hotels Projects citing reasons such as lack of funds, delay in getting finance, unviable tax structure, etc.
Here, it’s important to mention that in March 2008, it was estimated that we’d have a shortage of over 44000 rooms. To fill the gap, DDA auctioned 33 plots so that Hoteliers can build around 6500 rooms. However, as usual, things did not work out as planned. Most of the projects were moving at a very slow rate, and there was no chance they could now have been completed on time, as the Delhi Commonwealth Games start in just about 10 months from now on Oct 3rd 2010.
Sensing this, 20 Hoteliers have now decided to just drop out of the Games Hotels projects, putting severe pressure on the Organizers. Some examples of these hotels include Amar Hospitality, which was scheduled to construct a 512-room hotel in Shahdara, Asrani Inns which was to construct two hotels with 375 rooms at Wazirpur; Breaze Constructions that was to build a hotel with 219 rooms at Rohini and Anush and IFCI Ltd. which were to construct hotels at Shahdara and Mayur Vihar.
It’s understood that the Organizers will revert to another plan which includes allotting rooms to registered guesthouses. DDA Housing units, Delhi Bed and Breakfast Homes and Hotels will cover up for the rest.