The Leela wins con­tract to man­age Ma­hatma Mandir

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THE LEELA PALACES HO­TELS AND RE­SORTS, com­monly known as e Leela, has won the com­pet­i­tive bid to man­age the 34-acre Ma­hatma Mandir Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre in Gand­hi­na­gar, Gu­jarat.

Ma­hatma Mandir is one of the largest con­ven­tion cen­tres in the coun­try – an “en­vi­ron­men­tally-re­spon­si­ble com­plex” that can hold a to­tal of 15,000 peo­ple. It in­cludes a con­ven­tion hall with a ca­pac­ity for 6,000 peo­ple, as well as mul­ti­ple ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tres and sem­i­nar rooms.

At a dis­tance of 400 me­tres from Ma­hatma Mandir, above the city’s rail­way sta­tion, the home­grown lux­ury ho­tel brand is build­ing e Leela Gand­hi­na­gar that is ex­pected to open in Jan­uary 2019. Both build­ings are a 25-minute drive from Ahmedabad in­ter­na­tional air­port.

e con­tract for the govern­ment’s project to build a 5-star ho­tel above Gand­hi­na­gar rail­way sta­tion was signed by e Leela, Gand­hi­na­gar Rail­way and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (GARUD), a spe­cial pur­pose ve­hi­cle formed by the Govern­ment of Gu­jarat with the In­dian Rail­way Sta­tions Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd (IRSDC).

Com­ment­ing on the devel­op­ment, Vivek Nair, chair­man and manag­ing di­rec­tor at e Leela Palaces, Ho­tels and Re­sorts said:

“e ad­di­tion of Ma­hatma Mandir and e Leela Gand­hi­na­gar to our MICE port­fo­lio re­in­forces our plans to ex­pand fur­ther into the in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences and events space, and un­der­scores our as­set light growth strat­egy. e projects com­bine grand space with global stan­dards of ser­vice and cater to the grow­ing de­mand for world-class venues. To­gether with the Govern­ment of Gu­jarat, our en­deav­our is to help trans­form Gand­hi­na­gar into the con­ven­tion cap­i­tal of In­dia.”

On com­ple­tion, e Leela Gand­hi­na­gar will be the rst lux­ury ho­tel in the coun­try to be built over a rail­way sta­tion, 25 me­tres above ground. Its three wings with ten oors and two eight-storey wings will hold 300 rooms and suites, two restau­rants, a lounge and board­room, and 800 sqm of meet­ings, con­ven­tions and event space.

R.K Beni­wal (IAS), MD of Gand­hi­na­gar Rail­way and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion said: “We are very con dent that

e Leela Gand­hi­na­gar and Ma­hatma Mandir Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre will be ably man­aged for a wider global dis­tri­bu­tion and ac­cen­tu­ated po­si­tion­ing in the in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic MICE mar­ket.”

With e Leela Gand­hi­na­gar, the hos­pi­tal­ity group now has ten prop­er­ties across In­dia. Up­com­ing projects in­clude a re­sort in Jaipur, a palace ho­tel in Agra where ev­ery room will face the Taj Ma­hal, and busi­ness ho­tels in Ben­galuru and Hyderabad.

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