Delhi addresses hotel shortage

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In an effort to meet the current shortage of accommodation in New Delhi for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 5,000 houses are to be made available to organisers.

In an effort to meet the current shortage of accommodation in New Delhi for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, India's Inter–Ministerial Group has given the green light to the Delhi Development Authority's proposal of providing 5, 000 houses to the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). According to the plan, these 5, 000 houses will be furnished by the ITDC and then used to accommodate foreign tourists in New Delhi for the 2010 Games. Thereafter, the DDA will sell these houses through its lottery scheme. Sources in the DDA have said that while they are yet to get an official directive from India's Ministry of Urban Development, they are aware of the proposal and are equipped to meet the demand. "We currently have 14, 000 houses under construction in Delhi and will definitely be able to hand over 5, 000 houses to the ITDC in time for them to furnish them before the Games. Almost 2, 500 of these houses are in Vasant Kunj, " a senior DDA official told Indian journalists. With a shortage of almost 30, 000 hotel rooms in New Delhi, meeting the huge gap in accommodation has been a major concern for the government. Meanwhile, higher construction costs are expected to force the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games to go over budget, organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi said in early January. " We would be slightly increased because of the steel price increase and other things, " he said at a news conference after a venue inspection. " That is before the government (for their consideration). " Government figures released in December 2008 estimated expenditure at around R79bn ($1. 6bin). It included money spent on infrastructure and on the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games.

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