Sun, 30 Oct 2011 08:37:33 GMT

IRCTC to set up budget hotels at Bhubaneswar, Katra

New Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has decided to join hands with state governments for setting up budget hotels at Chandigarh, Palanpur, Bhubaneswar, Katra and Khajuraho.

"We had written to all the states about our budget hotel proposals and received positive response from Haryana, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh," a senior IRCTC official said.

While land will be provided by the state governments on lease basis, IRCTC will construct, operate and manage the hotels.

"We have asked for 1-2 acres of land from the state governments on lease. While an 1.5-acre site near Bhubaneswar bus stop has been finalised, land at Katra, Palanpur, Khajuraho and Chandigarh are likely to be finalised shortly," the official said.

The official, however, clarified that these hotels will come up at non-railway land.

Besides Bhubaneswar, IRCTC is in the process of identifying suitable plot at Puri sea beach to construct a budget hotel in Orissa. "Keeping the tourism potential in mind, Orissa government has agreed for joint partnership with IRCTC for setting up hotels at both Puri and Bhubaneswar," the official said.

The budget hotel will have about 100 rooms, round the clock cafeteria, modern base kitchen and a banquet hall.

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