Rajasthan govt takes over Hotel Jaipur Ashok

Rajasthan govt takes over Hotel Jaipur Ashok
11/12/2017 , by , in News/Views

The state government on Saturday took over one of the prime properties Hotel Jaipur Ashok from India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC).

The property situated at Collectorate Circle will now be operated and managed by the Rajasthan State Hotel Corporation Ltd, a government owned department.

The property has been renamed as ‘Hotel Jaipur’. It has 97 rooms and covers a land area of 17,623 square metre.

An official said, the state government has paid Rs 14 Crore to ITDC for the property and its assets.

The hotel was run by ITDC under a lease agreement for 99 years executed in 1991. An official informed, “Under the disinvestment policy of the Union ministry of tourism, ITDC transferred Hotel Ashok to the state government on the basis of Tripartite MoU signed on September 5, 2017. A formal ceremony for the signing of the agreements was organized at ‘ParyatanBhawan’ on Saturday.”

The agreements to transfer the property physically were signed between additional chief secretary (tourism), state government, Nihal Chand Goel and director commercial marketing, ITDC, Piyush Tiwari.

The Rajasthan State Hotel Corporation Ltd (RSHCL) will take over the new property at a time when it is already adamant to lease out two of its prime hotel heritage properties – KhasaKothi in Jaipur and AnandBhawan in Udaipur worth thousands of crores.

The department is giving these hotels on lease for 30 years for operation and maintenance. The decision was taken due to mounting losses. The department claims, there are 65 employees working in both hotels, with an annual financial liability of Rs 3 crore.

While the tourism department claims that the initiative has been taken for better maintenance of these properties as they are running up huge losses, the employees association alleged that it is a planned strategy to give away government’s prime properties to private influential parties.

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