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Jamshedpur: Ravaged by consecutive lockdowns induced by Covid two years in a row, the hotel sector in Jamshedpur and Adityapur is in the doldrums and is looking to the state government for a solution. On Saturday, the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), which represents hotels and restaurants, besides entrepreneurs and traders, have written to Chief Minister Hemant Soren to lift restrictions on restaurants.
At present, eating in restaurants is prohibited and only take-out is allowed and commercial establishments are allowed to operate until 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Urging the CM to extend the hours of operation until 8 p.m., CSIC official Vijay Anand Moonka said: “Seeing how the situation is getting worse for businessmen, we have asked the government to allow banquet halls to host social events. Restaurants should be allowed to entertain customers at 50% capacity and hotels should be allowed to hold wedding ceremonies with 100 guests. ”
The Jamshedpur Hoteliers Association (JHA) has questioned the logic behind reopening malls when hotels are closed. “Treat us on the same level as other industries,” said hotelier and former JHA president Anil Khemka. He gave the examples of Delhi and Mumbai where hotels received the green signal to reopen with SOPs intact even though both cities reported high numbers of Covid cases.
There are around 100 hotels and more than 500 restaurants in the city, according to industry insiders. Khemka claimed that the industry valuation established a loss of over Rs 300 crore over the past 15 months according to conservative estimates, but the actual loss will be much larger. He urged the government to consider waiving the property tax and giving reductions on fixed charges on electricity bills to help revive the industry.
“Two consecutive closures have forced hundreds of workers associated with the industry to venture into other sectors to seek employment or to stay at home without any work,” said Raja Singh, owner of Wave International.
Confederation of Indian Traders National Secretary Suresh Sonthalia said the state government should sympathize with the hospitality industry as the reopening of restaurants will bode well for sectors such as travel and hospitality. ‘business, food and beverage and other industry-related.
“The hotel and restaurant industry does not operate in isolation. Until all components of the travel and tourism sector open up, business is unlikely to improve, ”said Mithlesh Jha, director of Kannellite Hotel, a unit of Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation. .
Jha added that the hospitality industry will thrive when banquet halls reopen for social events and when high demand trains like Steel express, Ispat express and Shatabdi express resume service between Howrah and Tatanagar and travel from Business will accelerate in Steel City.
Madhuban Hotel Manager Anurag Chaurasia said SMEs in Adityapur had not resumed large-scale production due to the low number of businessmen visiting the city. “Currently, the room occupancy rate in several hotels in Jamshedpur and Adityapur does not exceed 5% of their total capacity,” he said. He added: “Take-out is only 20% of the business. In such a situation, how can hotels survive.



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