M.L.Melly Maitreyi

HYDERABAD: The concept of ‘Aam Admi’ budget hotels proposed by the Tourism Department to meet the need for affordable and well-maintained accommodation to tourists will soon go on stream.

The budget hotel would be an answer to the complaints that the State either had high-end hotels with exorbitant charges which were out of reach to middle classes or hotels that were poorly maintained and were not comfortable to stay. It is proposed to charge Rs.590 to Rs.990 for a room in a budget hotel depending on its facilities and grade.

Additional facilities

To come up in 39 locations in seven circuits across the State, budget hotels would be developed in collaboration with the Roads&Buildings Department wherever it has guest houses. They would be further developed and extended to create additional rooms and facilities to meet tourist requirement.

These affordable hotels would come up under the Public Private Partnership mode for providing quality stay for the tourists and the bidding process will start once the Cabinet gave its formal approval , according to Tourism Minister J. Geetha Reddy.

Revenue-sharing

The private party would pay the lease amount to the R&B Department and share the revenue with the Tourism Department, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Jayesh Ranjan, said.

Some of the circuits where these hotels would come up are Kurnool, Ananthapur, Chittoor and Mahbubnagar; Ongole, Nellore, Tirupati, Chirala and Vodarevu; Khammam, Vijayawada, Guntur, Machilipatnam and Jaggayyapet; Rajahmundry, Kakinada, Eluru and Nuzvid; Visakhapatnam,Vizianagaram and Srikakulam; Warangal, Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Mancherial and Nalgonda, Sangareddy, Medak, Siddipet and Keesaragutta.

The Tourism Department would take up another project with State and Central government funding for providing minimum infrastructure facilities like toilets, drinking water, snack kiosks, souvenir shops in the frequently visited locales like temples, dams or other tourist-interest spots.

Aesthetic designing

An integrated complex with a common aesthetic design reflecting the State’s culture offering basic amenities would be provided in these locations and each complex would cost about Rs.15 lakh.

The department has identified around 100 such locations to be taken up phase-wise.

SHG management

A comprehensive proposal is under way and these complexes would be given to SHG women for management.

More than returns, the government would be interested in better maintenance of these facilities, officials said.