28 HPTDC properties in loss

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imageShimla :Despite 28 out of 69 properties of the Himachal Pradesh Toursim Development Corporation (HPTDC) in loss the state government has no plans to lease them out to the private sector.

In reply to question in the state assembly here Thursday Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said in a written reply that HPTDC runs 59 hotels and 10 restaurants across the state.

“Of the 69 HPTDC properties 21 hotels and 7 restaurants are undergoing loss,” the chief minister said.

“The state run HPTDC has no plans of leasing out the loss making properties,” he said.

Apart from this a loss making cafe at Parwanoo has been shut down. Three cafes have also been shut down due to other reasons at hot bath sites in Vashisht, Manikaran and Tattapani,” he said.

Kullu district has most properties at 16, while Shimla has 12, Kangra 10 , Chamba 7 and Solan 6.

HPTDC has properties in popular tourist resort towns of Shimla, Manali, Kullu, Dharamsala, Dalhousie, Chamba, Chail, Narkanda among other places.