NEW DELHI: Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd has partnered with State Bank of India, Hindustan Unilever, Deutsche Bank and Lemon Tree Hotels, Ginger Hotels, OYO Hotels and Homes to pool 5,000 rooms of hospitality chains at a discount, the companies announced in a joint virtual press conference on Monday.
Under the partnership, called ‘Project Stay I’, these isolation rooms will be set up in Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Delhi.
While initially there will be approximately 500 rooms in total in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai, these will go up by 50 rooms every three days, to reach an eventual target of 5,000 rooms across the country, as per a press release today.
“...with increase in the scale and scope of testing, the number of positive cases are expected to increase. A significant number of these individuals will be positive but asymptomatic. There will also be a rise in the number of individuals requiring to be quarantined due to contact with covid-19 patients. This will put a huge load on the government facilities for quarantine. This is the time for the private sector to step up to the challenge to aid, augment, and support our government," Apollo Hospitals joint managing director Sangita Reddy said.
While the rooms in OYO Hotels will be free and financially supported by the corporate social responsibility-based initiatives of SBI, Deutsche Bank, Hindustan Unilever, among others, while that in Ginger Hotels and Lemon Tree will be available at around ₹2,000-3,000 per night.
In a separate release, OYO Hotels said it has sanitised beds and facilities in certain hotels for self-quarantine and isolation for suspected covid-19 patients who require medical observation and supervision. These facilities will be in the proximity of Apollo Hospitals in the six cities, and have been kept exclusively for the purpose.
The rooms have to be booked through Apollo Hospitals and will not be available for booking through the OYO app so as to ensure pre-booking medical consultation, OYO said.