Published on : Monday, July 26, 2021
RTDC has leased out Jai Samand Hotel, which is a 12-room heritage property on the banks of Jai Samand Lake, for a fee of Rs.10,000 per month, thereby violating several laid out norms.
Jaisamand Hotel is one of the four properties of the corporation that was leased out to the Epitome Destinations at Rs. 10,000 fees per month.
Located on the banks of the lake, the area of the Jai Samand Hotel comes under the forest area. The construction of a swimming pool in the hotel by the renter violating norms has angered various departments concerned along with the district administration.
Udaipur district collector, water resources department, divisional commissioner of Udaipur and forest department have written to the managing director of RTDC to lay down explanation regarding the construction of the swimming pool. As per the MoU, the renter cannot change the basic structure of the hotel with new construction. It can only make repairs.
After RTDC managing director Ngikya Gohain failed to turn up for a meeting for discussing the MoU violations, principal secretary tourism Gayatri Rathore served him a showcase notice last Thursday. In the letter Rathore said, “You were specifically asked to discuss the issue on the same day in Paryatan Bhawan. But showing utter disrespect and also dereliction to duty, you left Paryatan Bhawan while the meeting with the tourism officials was still on. This shows that you have willfully disobeyed the instructions and have acted in an irresponsible behavior.”
The four properties were first leased out to the same company in 2006 at collective monthly lease money of Rs. 36,514. However, there was a disagreement regarding the non-payment of the lease money.
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