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Fresh invites for tourist hub upgrade

Ranchi, Oct. 27: Jharkhand’s popularity as a potential tourist hub is clearly on the wane.

After failing to get a single interested party to upgrade, operate, maintain and manage various prime properties across the state, Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation Limited (JTDCL) today invited fresh bids from private players.

The properties are Hotel Sakchi Vihar in Jamshedpur, Hotel Bibhuti Vihar in Ghatshila, tourism information centre-cum-tourist complex at Madhuban in Giridih, tourism information centres at Hazaribagh and Jamshedpur, tourist complexes at Palamau, Hundru and Hesadih and roadside facilities at Madhupur, Bagodar, Chas, Tamar, Kandra and jungle hut, tourist plaza and youth hostel at Betla’s Palamau Tiger Reserve.

The first request for proposal (RFP) for these addresses was invited this July and prospective private partners were expected to respond by August 17. The dates were twice extended till September 10 and September 25.

“We failed to get a single RFP for 10 properties while for six properties, only one party responded for each. But standard bidding norms say that we cannot entertain single party RFPs,” JTDCL managing director Sunil Kumar said.

JTDCL and IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited are jointly pursuing the project, but a host of unfavourable factors like poor law and order situation, lack of conducive environment to do business and potential tourists spots not getting developed as desired are keeping private players at bay.