‘Khelo India’ increases hotels’ demand in west Pune

Anvita Srivastava
Thursday, 10 January 2019

Neerav Pachamia, President of Poona Hoteliers Association, said, “Due to Khelo India, hotels in Baner, Balewadi and Wakad are in great demands and occupancy will definitely go up. There will be a substantial number of bookings in the hotel in west Pune.”

Pune: The second edition of ‘Khelo India Youth Games’ started in the city on January 9 and will be held till January 19. A total of 12,500 people including athletes, coaches and team officials will be coming for the Khelo India throughout 10 days and almost 33-35 hotels from areas such as Baner, Balewadi, Aundh, Wakad, Hinjawadi and Pimpri-Chinchwad have been booked to accommodate them.

Arvind Gorwadkar from Aurangabad who visited the city on Wednesday for an official meeting at Chakan could not find a single room in Pimpri-Chinchwad area as all the hotels were booked for next 10 days owing to the second edition of Khelo India Youth Games.

Neerav Pachamia, President of Poona Hoteliers Association, said, “Due to Khelo India, hotels in Baner, Balewadi and Wakad are in great demands and occupancy will definitely go up. There will be a substantial number of bookings in the hotel in west Pune.”

The management for Khelo India is staying at The Orchid Hotel. Deepa Karmarkar, the gymnast who represented India at The Rio Olympics and stunned everyone with her performance, is also staying in the same hotel. 

A lot of participants are staying in hotels at Baner, Balewadi, Aundh, Wakad, Hinjawadi and Pimpri-Chinchwad due to the proximity of the venue. Rajesh Sharma, General Manager of Hotel Devi Residency, Wakad, said, “Rooms are booked from January 7 to 19 and almost 56 athletes and coaches are staying at our property. All these rooms were booked in advance, so we faced no hassle in hosting all these guests.” He adds, “Normally, there used to be vacant rooms in our hotel but due to Khelo India we are 100 per cent occupied for the next 10 days.”

Rahul Wankhede, Front Office Executive, Hotel Mint Highstreet, Baner, said, “At present, we have 36 athletes staying with us and there are few more athletes who will be coming in next few days. Our hotel is booked from January 7 to January 19 for the athletes and coaches who are coming for  Khelo India.” 
He adds, “Due to Khelo India, there is an increase in demands for room and at present, all our rooms are booked for the next 10 days.”

Anil Chormale, Accommodation Head, Khelo India Youth Games 2019, said, “The first edition of Khelo India which was held in Delhi had only 2,000 athletes as there was only one category of Under-17 but this second edition of Khelo India have two categories of under-17 and under-21. A total number of 12,500 people including athletes, coaches and officials are coming for this which is 6 times more in number than the people who came for Delhi games. Thus, we planned and sorted out the places of stay in advance and booked  rooms for most of them in the area around Aundh, Baner, Balewadi, Wakad and Pimpri-Chinchwad.” 

He further said, “All the athletes are coming in batches throughout the 10 days of Khelo India and will be leaving once their events get over and everything was planned in advance, so accordingly accommodation was managed without any hassle.”
(With inputs from Kirti Patil)

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