The Shrine hurdle
KOLKATA--West Bengal tourism department may have to cross a fresh hurdle in the way of privatization of the 140-year-old Great Eastern Hotel in Kolkata — the presence of a shrine inside it.
Jagannath Bag, member secretary of the Great Eastern Hotel Authority, told TOI on Saturday that the government had been informed about this problem.
Eight bidders in the private sector have shown interest in buying the property.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers is evaluating the bids and would make its recommendations to the state government shortly.
The shrine had been functioning inside the hotel premises for a long time. Employees of the hotel used to worship there. People from adjoining areas also visited the shrine regularly, especially on Fridays.