Sunday, November 8, 2009

Delhi Lagging Behind but Haryana ready with 50% rooms for Games

There is an ear soothing news for Delhi government and the organizing committee of 2010 commonwealth games, which is worried about the accommodation for the millions of tourists who are likely to visit New Delhi next year.

Tourism secretary of India Sujit Banerji on Thursday claimed over 50% of 8793 rooms that Haryana promised for the Commonwealth Games were ready. He announced this while inaugurating a hotel in Sector 29.

Banerjee said a task force under his chairmanship has been reviewing the progress regarding creation of hotel accommodation in the area around Delhi. ‘‘Haryana is providing a major chunk of hotel accommodation for the Commonwealth Games and the efforts being made by the Haryana government in this direction have been commended by the central government,’’ Banerjee said.

Banerjee said as per latest position in Haryana, 6632 rooms were in the definite category and 2161 rooms were in the likely and doubtful category. ‘‘While 3814 rooms are already functional, 410 rooms are likely to be made functional shortly. For the remaining rooms, the progress is being closely monitored so that they are also completed at the earliest,’’ he added.

Haryana officials said the state government has allotted 101 sites for construction of these rooms.