Bengaluru hotel room rates jump to ₹40,000 per night amid floods
After several displaced families started moving into hotels in Bengaluru due to the flood, the rate of hotel rooms in the city has surged to Rs 40,000 per night. Several hotels in the city are selling their rooms now for Rs 30000-40000 a night on average. Despite being ready to pay the higher prices, however, people are still unable to get rooms.
A CEO of a technology firm Meena Girisaballa told the media that she paid Rs 42000 to spend a night in a hotel on Old Airport Road. Many of the hotels in Old Airport Road, Whitefield, Outer Ring Road and Koramangala are fully booked till Friday. According to the hotel managers, the rooms have been booked for 10-15 days.
Some of the hotels refused the admission of pets, while some others charged for them.
On the contrary, the Bruhat Bengaluru Hoteliers Association President P C Rao said some of the hotels in the city are ready to provide discounts of up to 50 percent as a goodwill gesture.
Several housing communities, including Girisaballa’s luxurious society in Yemalur, have been flooded. The city’s most exclusive gated community, the Epsilon, which is home to big wigs and billionaires like billionaires Wipro chairman Rishad Premji, Byju Raveendran and Britannia CEO Varun Berry has also been submerged. The billionaires were rescued in boats.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday predicted continuous and heavy rainfall in Bengaluru for the next five days. IMD issued a red alert and asked citizens to take necessary precautions and directed those living on the ground floors to shift to safer places. Some pockets may get more than 20 mm of rainfall in an hour, a senior official said.