As winter sets in, the Jammu and Kashmir administration is looking for an accommodation to shift 34 political detenues from Centaur Hotel in Srinagar as it lacks proper heating arrangements, officials said.
The chill has already started taking a toll, of the National Conference, PDP and People’s Conference leaders and prominent social activists, and the security personnel guarding them.
They have been lodged at the hotel on the bank of the Dal Lake since August 5 when the Centre decided to abrogate the state's special status under Article 370.
According to the officials, the Centaur Hotel, owned by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation, has submitted a bill of Rs 2.65 crore to the home department for 90 days of boarding and lodging of the detenues.
The administration has, however, rejected the claims and argued that the facility was converted into a subsidiary jail on August 5 and therefore, government rates would be paid.
The rates sanctioned by the administration would be around Rs 800 per day as against Rs 5,000 charged by the hotel, the officials said.