On the other hand, city-based hotels and homestays are booked for the days before and after the match between India and Pakistan. Now that cricket fans are looking for a place to stay in Tewa, the booking of community halls and hospitals has also started vigorously. Estimated data from the Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association (FHRA), Gujarat shows that around 30,000 to 40,000 people are expected to visit Ahmedabad for the special match. It includes sponsors, Board of Control for Cricket in India members, media persons, teams and other VVIPs as well as cricket fans from India and abroad.
The chain, which owns a hospital in the city, has confirmed it will list 80 rooms – for patients’ relatives – on popular booking sites for the World Cup. “However at this time rooms will be given based on availability. The amount earned from this will be used for the treatment of the poor. At present only the formalities are being finalised.
Some community halls are also booked by the community members. At Oswal Bhavan, administrator Manekchand Jain said all 20 rooms have been booked by community members for cricket matches. According to an estimate, base category rooms in five-star hotels from October 13-15 will cost Rs. 80,000 are available at prices as high as Rs. “Most of the five-star hotel rooms are booked.
Narendra Somani, who is the president of FHRA, said that even in budget hotels, rooms are available at significantly higher prices. So, many people are making home stay and other arrangements to accommodate the guests.
An Indo-Pak thriller and a health checkup!
Many NRIs may also come to India for this World Cup. Officials at Apollo Hospitals said their one-day health checkup package has received 22 takers who will stay here overnight on October 14, the day of the big-ticket India-Pakistan match. Apollo Hospital COO Neeraj Lal said that these patients are mostly from the UK and Kenya. “This package allows the patient and caretaker to stay in the room. During this time, their health check-up will also be done and they will also get 2 meals. It is also being speculated that this package has sold out as it is closest to the Narendra Modi Stadium. He further said that some other hospitals have also offered a one-day stay option, mainly in routine body checkup packages booked.
Practice match washed out in rain now what about WC?
It is to be noted that the Indian team’s practice match has been washed away in the rain. Now there are reports that the first match of the World Cup starting on October 5 will not be washed in rain. The Meteorological Department has predicted that the forecast of rain on this day is negligible. A normal temperature may be observed.