By our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 30: The visitors and tourists might have to face tough time to get accommodation in the city during 12th South Asian Games as most of the city hotels will be used for the accommodation of athletes and officials during the event.
Although the Games village is a part of every big multi-event Games, yet will not be the part of the South Asian Games. Generally players and athletes are accommodated in different hotels of the host city and it will be no different in Guwahati. At present Guwahati has more then 200 small and big hotels within the reach of different budgets. Most of them, along with a few luxurious guest houses and resorts, will be used during the South Asian Games to accommodate players, officials and other delegates.
Talking to The Sentinel the Additiol Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) Rajib Prakash Baruah, who is looking after the different aspects of the Game related to the accommodation of the athletes-officials and their security arrangement in the hotels, said, “Hotels, from two star to five star categories, will be used for the accommodation during the Games.” However, due to security reasons he refused to disclose the mes of the hotels.
The schedule of the Games gives little relief to the organizers as athletes of India and other counties will come in the city in phases. But during the pick time like around the day of iuguration, nearly 2,000 rooms will be required to accommodate all the guests and for that rooms are booked in 90 hotels, guest houses and resorts by the organizing committee in the city. 57 of those 90 establishments will be used for players and officials. On the other hand, all the top-level delegates of different countries and India will get 5 star accommodation during their stay in Guwahati.
Special attention has been given on the security of the players and officials during their stay in the hotels also. Reacting to a query, Baruah said, “We’re trying our best to provide foolproof security to the players and the officials during their stay in hotels. Special security arrangement have been chalked out and security personnel deployed in all the hotels under the supervision of magistrates. Whereever possible, we are trying to keep athletes and officials of the participating countries away from the other guests of hotels.”
During their stay in Guwahati, the athletes and the officials will get the chance to take the taste of Indian, Chinese and Continental food. A few North Eastern dishes, including Assamese thali, are also likely be the part of Games menu.
Meanwhile, Assam Government today exempted the South Asian Games tickets from entertainment tax. The State Cabinet took the decision at a meeting held at Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s official residence this evening.