Marathi manoos to get a second home in Delhi

New Maharashtra Sadan, a four-star government guesthouse, will be ready in a month's time to welcome visiting Maharashtrians in the national capital

If all goes well, a second home for visiting Maharashtrians in the national capital -- New Maharashtra Sadan -- will be ready by month end. Spread across over 16,000 sq metres at Kasturba Gandhi Marg in Lutyens Delhi, the sprawling government guest house will have 139 rooms to accommodate dignitaries and commoners visiting from the state.

Welcome: The guest facility, which was conceptualised in 2006, was
estimated to cost around Rs 51 crore, and was expected to be ready by
2008. But following litigations, it got delayed and now would cost around
Rs 15-20 crore more. Pic/Rajeev Tyagi

"We hope that the building will be ready by the end of this month," said Bipin Mallick, resident commissioner, Maharashtra government. Meanwhile, the old facility at Copernicus Marg is also being renovated.

Mallick added that the new building would be of four-star facility. "We were facing severe shortage of guestrooms for the people visiting from Maharashtra. Now, with these two facilities, we will be able to cater to a large number of people," he said.

Out of the 139 lodging units in the New Maharashtra Sadan, there will be two VIP suites, one each for the Chief Minister and the Governor. Eight suits, with three rooms each, will be for those of the rank of a Cabinet minister. 16 single room facilities will be kept for those of the rank of state ministers, while six single rooms will be for the officials of the secretary level. 20 single room will be kept for the MLAs, whereas 80 rooms will be reserved for the general public visiting the state.

Apart from guestrooms, the new building will have a cultural centre, press conference hall, gymnasium, meeting hall, executive dining hall and a library. The building will be fully air-conditioned. 

"Aesthetics of the building has been designed in accordance with state's popular art.  The new state guest facility has been given a design of Vishram Vada's at Pune and Nashik," an official said.

However, the New Maharashtra Sadan will not have lodging facilities for staff members. "It would be exclusive for the guests," the official said. He added that the government is in the process of outsourcing the facilities of laundry, kitchen and sweeping services.
Nonetheless, the new facility is likely to cost more to the guests. "There are chances that rates for government dignitaries, which is between Rs 100- Rs 200, will be increased. Also, the charges for the common man may be around Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,000," the official said.

The suite for Chief Minister and Governor will have six rooms each. The facility will have two bedrooms, one dining room, one meeting room, a staff room and a waiting lounge. Besides, the suite will have three plush washrooms.

Similarly, the facility for Cabinet ministers will be of three rooms with attached washrooms and the state minister's will have two rooms with two attached washrooms.

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