Vadodara Municipal Corporation Pravasi gruha incurs heavy losses
An application was filed with the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to get the details about corporation’s guest house “Pravasi Gruha”.
The reply to the application indicates that the lodging facility for tourists is making heavy losses though it was envisaged to generate revenue for the corporation. The data provided in the reply shows that the guest house spent Rs. 42.38 lakh towards salaries and other facilities at the guest house but its total earning during the period was only Rs. 13.46 lakh leading to a net loss of around Rs. 29 lakh. The reply states that the guest house incurred a net loss of around Rs. 75 lakhs during the period January 1, 2010 to February 5, 2013 i.e. averaging Rs. 25 lakh losses every year.
The reply also shows that no linen or upholstery has been bought for over more than a year depicting the sorry state of the facilities at the guest house. Apart from this, the state of transportation for the tourists is also poor as the only bus service for the tourists was scrapped eight years ago without providing for alternate arrangement.