Why do cheaper hotels make some people so unhappy?
It is all because of the high cost of accommodation in India.
But this is a topic for another day.
For instance, in Kerala, the price of a single room in a cheap hotel is only Rs 1,000, according to data compiled by the Times of India newspaper.
And if a person travels to Kannur, they will pay the same as in Mumbai.
In Hyderabad, a single hotel room is around Rs 1 lakh.
In Kerala, many cheap hotels have been found to have over-booking.
In a survey conducted by the state government, the report said that of the 711 hotels in Kerala that were found to overbook, most were in poor areas of the state.
The report also pointed out that these hotels had higher occupancy rates and had higher charges for the basic amenities like water and electricity.
According to the data, there are at least 1,800 such hotels in the state, with around 1,300 hotels in areas where the population is over 15 per cent.
The state government also reported that in the month of January, it had found that 1,700 hotels had over-sold their rooms.
In addition, there were around 4,000 hotels that had under-sold rooms.
This over-capacity has resulted in a significant rise in the number of people staying in these hotels.
In February, for instance, a survey was conducted in Chennai to check whether hotels were over-charging and the state cabinet secretary, P C Dissanayake, said that they were.
“The data shows that at least 8,500 hotels in Chennai were over booked.
And there were over 2,000 cases of people being over booked,” he said.
In fact, Dissanetayake said, the over-selling of rooms was more common than the over booking of meals and other basic amenities.
In January, there was a huge over-loading of hotel rooms in Chennai.
“So many rooms have been booked in a short period of time that the overbooking has happened even as the state has been trying to bring down the occupancy rate,” he told The Hindu.
The high price of lodging in India has been attributed to many factors including low wages and the inability of the government to afford the accommodation.
According a study conducted by NITI Aayog, the government has spent around Rs 11,000 crore on accommodation schemes in the past two years.
“In addition to the construction of more than 1,400 kilometres of roads in the last year, there has been a huge expenditure on infrastructure projects, especially in Delhi, including a massive railway line,” said a report in the Times Of India.
“The government has also introduced a new scheme in which hotel owners can make Rs 1.5 lakh a year for their hotels,” it added.
This is a huge increase over the Rs 4,500-5,000 per year that the government was spending on hotels.