Express press service
KOCHI: Despite the hype, hotel majors have responded lukewarm to global tenders launched by the Lakshadweep administration to build eco-tourism beach and over-water villas in Kadmat, Minicoy and Suheli islands. This forced the administration to extend the tender deadline for the third time.
While only three companies – Taj Group, Mumbai-based Uniphos and Chennai-based Ceebros Hotels – bid for the proposed villa projects on Suheli Island, only one company (Hyderabad-based Manjeera) submitted the tender for the Kadmat project. Lakshadweep administration did not even receive a single bid for the projects on Minicoy Island, which had the largest bid – beach villas (110 rooms) and water villas (40 rooms) at a total cost of Rs 319 crore. On Suheli and Kadmat islands, the proposed plan is to build a total of 110 rooms each – beach villas (60 rooms) and water villas (50 rooms) – at a cost of Rs 247 crore per island.
Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal PP told TNIE that protests by islanders and concerns raised by private investors over the strength of proposed villas to withstand high-speed winds during the southwest monsoon could be the reason. lukewarm response.
“Environmental concerns could also be among the reasons for the lack of response from private actors,” he said. “The concept of lagoon villas, like in the neighboring Maldives, is not viable in Lakshadweep,” Faizal said.
MP: We expect more participation this time
Lakshadweep Collector, S Asker Ali, told TNIE that the bid submission deadline for Suheli Island has been extended to April 29, and for Kadmat and Minicoy to May 6 in order to give more companies more time to participate in the bidding process.
The Lakshadweep administration first launched global tenders for the construction of beach villas and water villas on the three islands in August 2021. The original deadline for submission of tenders was 2 September 2021. “This will be an excellent opportunity for potential investors as all the required authorizations for the projects will be given in advance. We expect more turnout this time,” Ali said.
Group, Mumbai-based Uniphos and Chennai-based Ceebros Hotels
Project: beach villas (60 rooms) and water villas (50 rooms)
Cost: Rs 247 cr)
Bidder: Compaby Manjeera based in Hyderabad
Project: beach villas (60 rooms) and water villas
(50 rooms) Cost: Rs 247 cr)
Minicoy: No bid
Project: Beach villas (110 rooms) and water villas (40 rooms). Cost: Rs 319 cr