Managing a huge convention centre with a massive 3,000 seater auditorium, two 400 seater halls, seminar rooms, reception and exhibition centre, multi level car parking, 100 room guest house annexe, kitchen and housekeeping, gym and library etc is a matter that is best left to professionals. At least three star hotel operators have already evinced interest. So a proper bid document and agreement to operate has to be drawn up that will be properly balanced to protect the interests of the government and to interest the private operator too. The urgency is that often the chosen operator may have certain 'house rules " (e.g., we only use black tiles in wash rooms etc) and we are finalising these already. Only yesterday, I had a detailed field inspection with L&T, architects DMA and Hidco Engineers to consider sample lay out of floor tiles of the reception area. A more detailed meet will be held on Monday where a team from L&T's Chennai unit will come for a day's discussions at site.
It may be added that already professional enquiries are coming in for reserving the Convention Centre from early 2017.
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