Now, peo­ple re­turn­ing from abroad can rent a place for ₹100-10,000 a day

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - Vivek Gupta vivek.gupta@htlive.com

CHANDI­GARH: Af­ter con­cerns re­gard­ing lack of stay op­tions for peo­ple re­turn­ing from abroad came to the fore, the ad­min­is­tra­tion on Tues­day fi­nalised a new rate list ac­cord­ing to which ac­com­mo­da­tion in Chandi­garh can now be availed for ₹100-10,000 per day.

The first batch of five pas­sen­gers ar­rived here from Delhi late in the night. While they will all be ac­com­mo­dated at the Mountview Ho­tel, where per day stay fare varies be­tween ₹5,000-10,000, those com­ing in the fu­ture batches will be given the op­tion to choose. But there is a catch here: the low­est fare of ₹100 per day is re­served for low-in­come group re­turnees.

UT home sec­re­tary AK Gupta said that not all those re­turn­ing from abroad are well-off. “We roped in 50 in­de­pen­dent rooms with at­tached bath­rooms at a girls’ hos­tel in Pan­jab Uni­ver­sity.” For oth­ers, the UT-run ho­tels are al­ready lined up.

RATE LIST PUT ON­LINE

The per­sons will be told about the op­tions when they land at the air­port, he said. The rate list will also be up­loaded on­line. The lo­cal con­have tacts of those com­ing from abroad can also seek lo­cal in­quiry re­gard­ing dif­fer­ent stay op­tions.

“For now ar­range­ments have been made for around 500 per­sons that will be grad­u­ally in­creased de­pend­ing on the rush of pas­sen­gers,” said Gupta.

He, how­ever, said how many pas­sen­gers were ac­tu­ally com­ing would only be con­firmed once they boarded the planes.

TEST­ING MANDA­TORY

On Tues­day, the ad­min­is­tra­tion made Covid test­ing manda­tory for all those re­turn­ing from abroad, even though it has not been sug­gested by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

Parida said there will be two lev­els of screen­ing—at the air­port and on ar­rival. All those found neg­a­tive will be al­lowed to go to their houses af­ter manda­tory 14-day quar­an­tine pe­riod, he said.

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