Business Bureau :
Many bars and restaurants are suffering huge losses as they have paid annual Excise Licence fees and now they are feeling cheated Even employees fear uncertainty as many had just returned for their jobs from their respective villages
Expressing anger over the new set of restrictions, the Nagpur Residential Hotels Association (NRHA) said it is most disappointing one as the local administration has overruled its own order dated June 4 wherein the State Government had fixed a mechanism to evaluate critical position of the city and derive a mechanism to fix restrictions. The association said that the local body had been issuing so many orders under the Epidemic Act and Disaster Management Act during this pandemic.
“Nagpur deserves to remain in Level 1, however the present order has fixed us at Level 3,” the body said. “Nagpur Residential Hotels Association is tired of mentioning every time that the situation of the hospitality sector is extremely weak and already on ventilator; with frequent changes and impractical working hours, the restaurant and banquets have suffered unimaginable loss. Now the authorities have directed to close the establishments by 4 pm which is as good as to remain closed,” the body added. “When the entire market is asked to close at 4 pm, restaurants and banquets should be permitted to work from 4 pm to 11 pm as we follow all necessary guidelines and protocols. More loss is caused when restaurants and banquets are also asked to remain closed on Saturday and Sunday. It becomes impossible to keep perishable products under cold storage or in the refrigerator every weekend,” said Tejinder Singh Renu – President of NRHA. Many bars and restaurants are suffering huge losses as they have paid annual Excise Licence fees and now they are feeling cheated. Even employees fear uncertainty as many had just returned for their jobs from their respective villages.
Renu and Deepak Khurana, Secretary of Nagpur Residential Hotels Association , appealed to the State Government and Administration to have a sympathetic approach over the hospitality sector. Many other States have given some relief to the hotels by either withdrawing complete property tax for the year or offering some rebate in such taxes. Instead of giving some relief, the State Government couldn’t even pass on the industry sector advantages to the hotels as was announced in December 2020 which was to be made applicable from April 1. The members of the Nagpur Residential Hotels Association fear that many hospitality establishments will be erased permanently as the State Government and the Administration is drastically failing in keeping a logical balance between health and economy. Unable to sustain such unproductive expenditure to manage such frequently changing restrictions, many will close permanently.