Countdown to Cock-Up: One Hotel Being Built

The travesty that is the build-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, India’s highest profile sporting event since the 1982 Asia Games, continues with the news that only one of the 13 hotels scheduled to be built around Delhi International Airport will actually be ready in time for the Games in October.

According to Mint, thanks to bureaucratic meddling by the government and contracts being awarded so late by the airport developer, there’s a chance that not a single room will be ready in time. The one project that stands any chance of making it is a budget Ibis, part of the Accor group, and even that will probably only have phase 1 (300 of 465 rooms) completed when the Games start. Plans for convention centres, shopping malls and restaurants now seem ludicrously optimistic.

A report by HVS hospitality consultancy in October 2009 stated that only 53 per cent of the rooms currently being planned in Delhi – around 60 hotels – would be completed in the next five years. The best case scenario is that the city will have 5,700 new rooms available for the Games. If I’m reading these stories right, there are currently 16,560 rooms in Delhi (and god knows, most of them are not going to appeal to our top-end sporting stars), which will rise to about 21,000 by the time the Games start. And there are 40,000 visitors expected. Anyone with a spare couch, please notify the organisers.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s