Wednesday, June 22, 2011

JK Govt takes over Centaur Hotel

In a significant development, Jammu and Kashmir Government on Wednesday decided to take over Centaur Hotel of kashmir, adjoining the famous Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex (SKICC) in Srinagar.
The step follows the exposure of an alleged deal to the five-star hotel in scenic Kashmir to a key accused in the infamous telecom scandal by Air India for 33 to DB Realty, whose Managing Director Shahid Balwa has been arrested by the CBI for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam.

The lease had irked the Jammu and Kashmir Government, the co-owner of the property at the banks of magnificent and picturesque world famous Dal Lake. The state government had reportedly opposed to the deal arguing that the state laws forbade the sale to a non-state subject.

Director SKICC G.N Qasba, told STATE TIMES that as per an agreement between Hotel corporation of India and the Jammu and Kashmir Government the property cannot be sub let. In this backdrop, he said the state government took a serious note and decided to resume the property.

“This prime property would be value additional to the SKICC and it would help the government for holding two to three days conferences in the SKICC without worrying for the lodging and catering of the participants”, Qasba said, adding that Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah had conceived the project for promoting convention tourism in the valley.The Centaur Hotel has 251 spacious rooms.

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