Bhubaneswar: The air-conditioners in star hotels of Bhubaneswar were not functioning for three days. All that the guests had with the limited power supply was fans and some lighting. But no one complained, as the situation Bhubaneswar had just witnessed was unpreceedented.
The hotel industry in Bhubaneswar played a crucial role in accommodating guests, tourists, corporate executives and even locals who booked rooms during this period of distress.
Avinash Gantayat, the General Manager of Pushpak hotel said that the hotel staff were geared up before the cyclone. “We had stocked up essentials and informed our guests well in advance about the situation,” he said.
There are still many guests who have come from Puri and others from other cities. The ACs are not functioning and the restaurant is also not operating in full capacity. “Once the power supply is restored, things would improve,” he said.
A Delhi-based visitor staying at Kalinga Ashok said that he has to manage with the limited facilities available at the hotel. “I have come here for work and need to stay for some more days. I expect things to get better but the resilience people have showed, is commendable.”