The Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) has barred hospitality companies from bidding for redevelopment of railway stations. This has prompted the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) to write to the railways ministry and request that the selection criteria be broadened to include “experienced players” from the hospitality industry.
In a letter to the ministry, a copy of which has been seen by ET, HRANI wrote that the request for proposal (RFP) does not allow service providers from hospitality industry to participate in the bidding process.
“We might approach the railways minister’s office against the IRSDC if our request is not heard,” said an industry executive, who did not wish to be identified. Queries emailed by ET to the railway board did not elicit a response till press time on Friday.
In a response to ET’s query on the letter, HRANI said the association had sent a representation to railways to provide an opportunity to hotels to maintain railway stations and ease tendering and provide a level playing field to the hospitality industry.
In its letter addressed to the railway board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav, HRANI said: “Station development, management, and maintenance exercise is for a perpetual period and the envisaged structure speaks of a 60 years concession in favour of private developers and construction companies and private operators with experience in managing and maintenance of similar infrastructure…requesting you to broaden the base of the selection criteria to attract service oriented, resourceful and experienced players from the hospitality industry.”