Hotel Marriott owner vows to rebuild it in three monthsSeptember 22nd, 2008 - 11:22 am ICT by ANI
Islamabad , Sept 22 (ANI): The Marriott Hotel, which was reduced to ashes in Saturdays massive suicide attack detonated by around 1000 kg RDX, will be rebuilt within three months at an estimated cost of Rs 60-70 crore, its owner Sadruddin Hashwani said here last evening.
He assured his staff, around 1000 in numbers, would be rendered jobless during this period and will get their regular salaries.
Let me make it very clear to you that not a single employee would be rendered jobless as they will all be getting their salaries during the period of reconstruction of the hotel, The News quoted Hashwani as saying.
He said one of the employees who had died in the blast had five small daughters. Announcing to adopt the girls, he said he would take care of them like his own daughters for rest of their life.
All these employees would be actively taking part in the rehabilitation of the hotel, he said and added there was another possibility that they might be given them two months leave with pay.
Replying to a question about the cost of rehabilitation, Hashwani said although it was too early to give an exact amount, according to initial estimates it would cost Rs 60-70 crore.
He said although he had set a three-month deadline to reconstruct the hotel, his major concern would be to arrange furniture within this short time.
Hashwani observed that had the fire brigade reached there on time, the hotel might have been saved from complete destruction. (ANI)