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Making room for 2010 Games

As the Ministry of Tourism races against time to ensure that 1,50,000 hotel rooms,required for the 2010 Commonwealth Games,are available in the Capital...

As the Ministry of Tourism races against time to ensure that 1,50,000 hotel rooms,required for the 2010 Commonwealth Games,are available in the Capital,authorities fear that the Delhi Development Authority,the Haryana and the UP government might not be able to keep to their commitments on the hospitality front.

* It had initially been estimated that 40,000 rooms would be required for the Games,of which Delhi had around 10,000 rooms. Most of these rooms are in the budget hotel category.

* At the time of the holding auctions to fill up the remaining requirement,the Delhi Development Authority committed to building 6,000 hotel rooms. Now,however,the agency says only 2,000 can be built before the deadline.

* In December 2008,the Haryana government said it would be able to provide 7,000 rooms in the NCR region as against the 9,000 rooms that it had promised earlier.

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* The UP government similarly scaled down its original target of 7,000 rooms to about 2,000.

* To compensate for the missing rooms,the DDA said last month that it would come up with three-star housing schemes at Jasola and Vasant Kunj.

* DDA will now also build around 4,500 rooms by March 2010.

* Registered and non-registered guest houses in the Capital are estimated to provide around 15,000 additional rooms.

* The state government’s Bed-and-Breakfast scheme is also estimated to provide around 300 rooms.

* Most of the existing 600 hotel rooms in the NCR are likely to be upgraded before the Games.

Source: DDA,
Commonwealth Games website

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