*Picture shows Jharkhand Housing Board's empty land near Sahjanand Chowk, Ranchi-venue of the 5-Star Hotel Project.

The empty land near Sahjanand Chowk in Ranchi, less than a kilometer away from the hose of cricket star MS Dhoni, is the venue of a greenfield project of the BJP government led by Chief Minister Raghubar Das. The project envisages construction of a 5-Star Hotel there.

Already, after Das had made an announcement toward this end early this year, the owner of this land State Housing Board had invited proposals from hotel groups for construction of a hotel at Sahjanand Chowk. Result?

Taj Group and Hyatt group are learned to have expressed interest. In fact, these groups have sought information from the Board about the size of the land where the hotel can be set up and expected terms and conditions.

Other groups who had shown interest were Ramada group, Lemon Tree Premier, Ginger Hotel, BK group and BNR.As per the Board's proposal, the five-star hotel will come up at an area of 2 acres. 

The Board is ready to lease the proposed land (2 acres) at an estimated cost of Rs 33 lakh per decimal. Toward this end, the Board has conducted a pre-bid meeting. It was attended among others by representatives from various hotel groups and Board Managing Director (MD) Brijmohan Kumar.

Reports revealed that Kumar had briefed details about the project and development taken in the construction of the hotel. Kumar after the presentation briefed the hotel group representatives about various suggestions. 

It is learned that the Board has invited proposals from different hotel groups by July 15. However, different hotel groups present at the pre-bid meeting urged the Board to extend the deadline for submission of proposals to August 14. Later, the Board may start the process of e-auctioning.

 “Out of a total of 5.5 acres of land, in the initial phase, we will provide 2 to 4 acres of land for construction of the hotel. The group, which will be selected for the project has to complete the project within three years,” says Board chief Kumar.

Kumar further said, “The hotel will have all the features of a five-star hotel. There will be 120 rooms with adequate parking facilities for visitors.” 

At the pre-bid meeting, some hotel groups had questioned that the land lease price (Rs 33 lakh per decimal) fixed by the Board was too high. In reply, the Board officials pleaded that they had no role in fixing the land price.

The construction of the five-star hotel at State capital has been pending for years. In October last year, the Board and its Department had invited potential hotel groups for construction of a five-star hotel in the State Capital. The five-star hotel project gained momentum last month after Cabinet gave its nod for construction of a hotel at Sahajanand Chowk (Harmu).

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