BMRCL and YHAI have today on the 16th of January, 2013 signed an agreement
to establish a International Youth Hostel at the Namma Metro Housing colony near
Kotigepalaya bus stop for the benefit of travellers visiting Bengaluru.
National Chairman of the YHAI, Mr S Venkat Narayanan and Company Secretary of
BMRCL, Mr Anil B Shedbal signed the agreement on behalf of the organisations for
utilisation of 26 dwelling units.
Speaking on the Occasion Managing Director, BMRCL Mr N Sivasailam stated that
taking the contribution of the YHAI in promoting International and National Tourism,
this project is being started. He further informed that during his travel abroad he was
very much impressed by the facilities provided for travellers at nominal tariff by the
Youth Hostel world over and hoped that YHAI will soon start this hostel as it will be
helpful to the back packers and budget travellers visiting Bengaluru. He added that
BMRCL was working with partners in several areas, but the partnership with YHAI
was one which was most valued by him and that YHAI was an organisation with a
Dr.Harish Saxena, National President of YHAI & International President of the IYHF
has stated that the international hostelling community were happy that this facility is
being provided at Bangalore which is an important destination for travellers to India.
He also thanked MD, BMRCL for his initiative.
National Chairman of the YHAI Mr S Venkat Narayanan stated that their plan
is to open the Bangalore International Youth Hostel within 30 days. He further
informed that Youth Hostels Association of India is having more than one Lakh Life
Members and 50,000 Annual members spread across the country with 240 Units
in 22 States. YHAI has 80 Licensee Youth Hostels in India for the benefit of its
members. Annually more than 10000 members participate in the various adventure
programmes organised by YHAI which promote National Integration & Communal
Harmony. It also undertakes environmental and environment friendly programmes.
YHAI is affiliated to the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF/Hostelling
International (HI) a non-governmental, non-profit organization representing 70
Member Associations and 9 Associate Organizations all over the world. HI works
closely with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO) and the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). HI has also been
identified as the sixth largest provider of travel accommodation in the world and is
one of the world’s largest youth membership organizations.
YHAI National Vice President K.Purushotham and Karnataka State President
Lakshminarayana along with other officers of BMRCL connected with the project
were also present on the occasion.