The Chhattisgarh government on Thursday invited bids for 24 state-owned motels and resorts to be leased to private investors for 30 years.
The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board invited online proposals from “experienced private investors” from Chhattisgarh and other states to bid for 14 non-functional and 10 functional resorts and motels owned by the board by September 5.
According to the statement issued by the government, earlier the board had floated the tender for two properties. “Government has approved 35 percent annual rent proposal by private investors for one-time lease premium amount of Rs 15,07,777 for Mitan Motel Chathirama (Sarguja) and lump sum lease premium amount of Rs 25,66,899 for Mitan Motel Kodtaray. (Raigad),” the statement read, adding that both the motels will be functional soon.
Government officials said that the initiative of the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board is expected to provide basic facilities to local and foreign tourists besides providing employment opportunities to the local people.
The scheme of private leasing of resorts was first taken up by the previous BJP government. However, later the plan went shelved.
According to industry members, most of whom were invited for pre-bid consultation earlier this year, the move is expected to boost tourism in Chhattisgarh. “We, along with the government, want tourism to flourish in the state. Taranjit Hora, president of the Chhattisgarh Hotel Owners Association, said, “The government’s move will increase the resource-rich facilities, which will help in an influx of tourists.”