Delhi's Centaur Hotel, a landmark built for the 1982 Asian Games, will soon be consigned to history . The Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd says the site of the hotel will be needed by December 2019 -by when it would have completed 37 years--to make way for aircraft parking bays as part of the terminal 3 expansion plan.
Run by Air India, the 376-room Centaur was a landmark when it opened because of its glitzy interiors. Its glass elevators visible from the central lobby, a novelty back then that only Le Meridien at Janpath boasted of, were a big hit. Today, it is a pale shadow of its original self due to years of mismanagement and poor upkeep. AI is likely to ask for land elsewhere in the 4,608 acre IGI Airport complex in lieu of this site.