City anchor: South civic body wants its own holiday home in the hills

The councillors and officials of South Municipal Corporation want a holiday home in the hills of their own, so they can unwind and relax away from the work pressure in the capital. At present, the officials have to call in a favour from government officials to get permission to stay at their department's holiday homes.

But South councillors hope to change this soon and are working on shortlisting a destination where they can construct a holiday home.

On the other hand, there is also a proposal to hire and make available to councillors a hotel at any hill station of choice. This, a source said, would mean the civic agency will not be required to get into the hassle of construction. Also, since a hotel will be available immediately, so the councillors can make use of the facility starting this summer.

The proposal to construct a holiday home was mooted by a senior councillor and it expected to be accepted by all soon. The hunt for a hill station destination has already begun.

"There has been debate on which hill station is frequented by councillors and officials. Also, we are checking where can the corporation get land. For example, in Himachal Pradesh, non-residents cannot buy land. Once it is approved by all councillors, the modalities will be worked out for the vacation spot," a senior official said.

On the alternative suggestion, a councillor said: "It will take time to construct our own vacation home. It has been suggested that a hotel should be rented out at a hill station, which is chosen by senior councillors. So, come summer the they should have place of their own where they can unwind and relax."

A senior official said: "There are several officials on deputation in the three corporations. When they go to other states they have to stay at government holiday homes. If they want to go to a tourist place for vacation, they want to stay at government holiday home as they have subsidised and good quality food and lodging. Municipal corporation does not have any guest house or holiday home for its members. We were glad when one of the councillors floated this proposal, which is likely to be accepted."

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