The tourism department will upgrade Kautilya Vihar with its own resources.
Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) had decided to revamp the hotel into a five-star facility with a private partnership. The ambitious plan, mooted three years ago, has been scrapped. The hope for a better establishment is, however, still alive.
A senior BSTDC officer told The Telegraph on Wednesday: “There was a plan to upgrade the hotel into a five-star facility with private partnership. Although the plan has been dropped for now, facilities would be developed at the hotel. The BSTDC will upgrade the hotel on its own without hiring any private firm. The initial plans for the project are being discussed.”
The tourism corporation had selected a Noida-based firm, Ultra Homes Constructions Pvt. Ltd, to revamp the hotel three years ago. The firm was selected after a tender process.
Earlier this year, BSTDC Employees’ Association president Chandra Prakash Singh alleged that even three years after issuing the tender, work on upgrading Kautilya Vihar has not started.
Kautilya Vihar in Patna is not the only focus for the tourism corporation’s revamp plan, though. Other hotels of the BSTDC in tourist spots around the state would also be upgraded into two- or three-star facilities.
At a two-star hotel, patrons can stay in small or medium-sized rooms. Rooms in these hotels would have telephone and television. Even though patrons cannot avail room service, a small restaurant is expected to be on the premises. Three-star hotels would offer patrons spacious rooms and decorated lobbies. Not only is room service available at such establishments but also the hotels would also have medium-sized restaurants.
The tourism corporation’s hotels in Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Muzaffarpur and Mohania would be upgraded to two- and three-star properties.
Bodhgaya has Siddharth Vihar and Buddha Vihar; Muzaffarpur has Lichchavi Vihar; Rajgir has Tathagat Vihar, Ajatshatru Vihar and Gautam Vihar; and Mohania has Kaimur Vihar under the tourism corporation.
The officer said: “The corporation is looking forward to the plan of overhauling its hotels and the work will start in some time.”
Apart from upgrading its accommodations, BSTDC is also ready with two hotels in Maner and Gaya. “The hotels will be handed over to private parties for operation,” he added.