MUSSOORIE, September 2
The officials from Uttarakhand Hotel and Restaurant Association along with Mussoorie Hotel Association presented memorandum to the urban development minister Madan Kaushik and state BJP president Ajay Bhatt demanding resolution to their long-standing demands during a function organised at a hotel in Mussoorie. The function was attended by MLA Mussoorie Ganesh Joshi and MLA Rajpur Khajan Das.
R.N. Mathur the president and Sanjay Agarwal the secretary of Mussoorie Hotel Association presented raised the issue of only one STP functioning out of five constructed in Mussoorie and demanded by presenting a memorandum to direct the department concerned to complete the remaining STP’s and make them functional in the interest of the town and as per the directions of the Supreme Court. The Mussoorie Hotel Association also raised the issue of the state Pollution Control Board making it mandatory to take the permission letter for the hotel units and was demanding the fee from 2002 which was unjustified and demanded that the fee should be collected from the present year and not from the past years. The officials of the Hotel association demanded from the minister to formulate a policy in such a way that it is convenient for the Hotel units here.
The hoteliers also stated that the MDDA has served a show cause notice to the hotels who were sanctioned the plans for residential purposes but have converted their residences into hotels in past years which was baseless considering that no master plan was formulated to determine the commercial area from the residential areas yet. They also said that most of such units have been registered under Sarai and other labour acts act to run their lodges. They suggested that the compounding fees should be charged to make to regularize such units as commercial establishment.
The hotelier’s community also raised the issue of the town reeling under acute shortage of drinking water supply and demanded a long term drinking water project to augment the water supply to the tourist town of Mussoorie so that the Shimla fiasco where the tourists were persuaded to stay away from the town is not repeated in Mussoorie.
Sandeep Sahni, the president of Uttarakhand Hotel and Restaurant Association demanded linking the Mussoorie and Nainital road with all Weather road project as the towns were important gateway to various important religious shrines in the state. He further said that the government was conducting the Investor Meets but most of the tourist destination did not have its own master plan which was creating lot of problem in the land conversion issues thus resulting in creating road block for the tourism units to be established in the state. Sandeep Shani suggested a single window system where the land conversion and other issues are resolved at one place thus attracting more Investors to the state.
The State BJP president Ajay Bhatt said that he would take up the issues raised at the talks held here in front of the chief minister. He also said that the Government will also be persuaded to invite the Hoteliers from the state who are interested in tourism projects in the Investors meet. The urban development minster Madan Kaushik assured the hoteliers that he will look not the issues of the hoteliers and urged them to write specifically to the departments concerned instead of raising all issues at one place.
BJP state president Ajay Bhatt later met the 96 years old RSS worker Ratan Lal and his family where Rattan Lal shared his experience of working closely with the iconic former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during the days of Jan Sangh. Ajay Bhatt wished a long life to rattan Lal and said that the elderly RSS workers will be felicitated at state level functions that will be organized by the party in near future.