*Seen in the picture is Ashok hotel lying locked since past nearly three years

Chief Minister Hemant Soren who held a meeting with the departmental officials in the state secretariat on Thursday has directed them to start the process to acquire Ranchi Ashok Bihar Hotel in Doranda.

Ashok hotel has been lying shut for the last three years. The CM also directed to start the process of purchase of the entire shareholding of the Ranchi Ashok Bihar Hotel.

Pooja Singhal, Secretary, Department of Tourism, informed that currently the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and Bihar Tourism jointly hold 87.75 percent share while the state government has only 12.25 percent share in this hotel.

Prior to the formation of the state, ITDC held 51 percent and Bihar 49 percent of the share. After the formation of the state, out of 49 percent share of Bihar, 12.25 percent share was given to Jharkhand. The departmental secretary informed that the land of Ranchi Ashok Bihar Hotel belongs to the Jharkhand government. At present, this land is at the prime location of the capital (Ranchi) and is quite expensive.

All business activities of the Ranchi Ashok Bihar Hotel in Doranda have been closed since March 2018. The hotel is built on 2.70 acres of land. The hotel was started on 12 January 1987.

On the occasion, Sukhdev Singh, Chief Secretary, Rajiv Arun Ekka, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Smt. Himani Pandey, Secretary, Planning cum Finance Department, Pooja Singhal, Secretary, Tourism Department, and Sanjeev Besra, Director, Tourism Department were present.
 

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