Chhattisgarh to lease 24 state motels and resorts for 30 years to private investors

The Chhattisgarh government launched a tender on Thursday for 24 state-owned motels and resorts to be leased for 30 years to private investors.

The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board has invited online proposals from “experienced private investors” from Chhattisgarh and other states to bid for 14 non-functioning and 10 functioning board-owned resorts and motels, until September 5.

According to a government statement, a tender for two properties was launched by the council earlier. “The government has approved a 35% annual rent proposal by the private investors for a one-time lease premium amount of Rs 15,07,777 for Mitan Motel Chathirama (Surguja) and a one-time lease premium amount of Rs 25,66,899 for Mitan Motel Kodatarai (Raigarh),” the statement read, adding that both motels will soon be operational.

The initiative by the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board is expected to provide basic facilities for local and foreign tourists, in addition to providing job opportunities for locals, government officials said.

The plan to put beach resorts up for private hire was first raised in the former BJP government. However, the plan was later scrapped.

According to industry members, most of whom were invited for a pre-tender consultation earlier this year, the move is expected to boost tourism in Chhattisgarh. “We, along with the government, want tourism to thrive in the state. The government’s measure would infuse resource-rich facilities, which would aid in the influx of tourists,” said Taranjeet Hora, chairman of the Chhattisgarh Hotel Owners Association.