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Hotels seek industrial tariff for power, water

According to reports, the South India Hotels and Restaurants Association has urged the governments in the southern States to charge them industrial tariff rates for electricity and water.

The executive committee of the association met in Mangalore on Saturday. Addressing presspersons after the meeting, T. Natarajan, honorary secretary of the association, said the requirement of water and power is more for hotels. The sector faces huge and debilitating overhead costs due to the commercial electricity and water tariffs that are payable by hotels and restaurants.

Hotels help create jobs and generate revenue, he said. The association has made pleas with respective governments in the southern States to place hotel industry on par with other comparable industries and to give the benefits of industrial tariff rates for electricity and water consumption.

This will be an important factor for the survival of the hotel industry during the difficult times and will stimulate growth for the future, he said.

The association has been appealing to State governments to create land banks for allotment on long lease for construction of hotels. This appeal has been made considering the prohibitive cost of land in metros, and tier-2 and -3 centres, he said.

R. Srinivasan, Managing Director of the Chennai-based Radha Regent Hotels, said the Karnataka Government is providing land in industrial areas for construction of hotels. His company has set up two hotels in industrial areas in Bangalore. Though the land in industrial areas is for industrial purpose, the area also requires facilities such as hotels, he said.

The association has over 1,100 hotel and restaurant members in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry, Natarajan said.

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