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Jostle for Space in Hotels Ahead of Polls

An influx of party workers, election officials and others associated with polling has resulted in non-availability of hotel rooms in major cities in the state except Bangalore, Mangalore and Mysore.

Published: 15th April 2014 08:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th April 2014 08:22 AM   |  A+A-

An influx of party workers, election officials and others associated with polling has resulted in non-availability of hotel rooms in major cities in the state except Bangalore, Mangalore and Mysore.

A check on various hotel booking websites on Monday showed that except for a few luxury resorts, all other hotel rooms have been snapped up from April 14-18.

Cities like Gulbarga, Bidar, Bellary and Belgaum, which do not have a large number of hotels,  saw almost full occupancy in the existing ones.

“I planned on to take a small trip to Belgaum and other areas during this week. However, none of my preferred hotels has any rooms vacant. They said they could give me rooms only after election day,” said Ruchir B, a software professional who studied in Belgaum.

Hotel owners in the bigger cities like Mangalore however said the rush was manageable.

“We have hotel rooms available. The rush is normal and expected,” said a manager of a popular hotel in the city.

Voting for Karnataka is on April 17 which has been declared a government holiday. However, for many people, another holiday on Friday (Good Friday) means a long weekend ahead.

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