Digging work threatens Shimla's heritage hotel

Last Updated: Tue, Jun 19, 2012 19:52 hrs

A wall and a portion of the terraced gardens of Shimla’s well-known heritage hotel, the Oberoi Clarkes, collapsed on Tuesday.

The damage has been triggered by digging works started recently below the hotel to build chambers for Shimla’s lawyers .

Hotel owners are worried more landslides could happen down the hill with the arrival of the monsoon, and could even threaten the building .

The 115-year-old Clarkes hotel is the first hotel purchased by Oberoi Group founder M S Oberoi.

The Oberoi Group of hotels, founded in 1934, now has 28 luxury hotels and three cruisers in five countries .

Some weeks ago, a major section of the road below the hotel had caved in, but the road and wall repair work has not been going on for a while .

Besides Clarkes, the Oberoi Group has two more properties in Shimla—Cecil and Wildflower Hall .It is located in the heart of the town, facing the Himachal Pradesh High Court building.

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