Tribune News Service
Mandi, October 14
The Kullu-Manali hoteliers’ association has urged the Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board to waive pollution charges levied on hotels in Kullu district, citing the massive losses incurred by the hospitality sector owing to the Covid-induced lockdown. The president of the association, Anup Thakur, said he had written to a member-secretary of the board in this regard.
“The hotel industry in the state is in tatters having been first hit by the economic slowdown and then the Covid-19 pandemic. Most hoteliers do not have any secondary source of income. We are struggling to make both ends meet. It is impossible for us to pay the charges levied by the pollution board,” Thakur said.
Pointing out that the hotels had remained shut for six months from March to September, he said they had zero income and only 30 per cent of hotels had reopened, and even these had low occupancy.
“The hotels having been shut all this while, we want the pollution charges waived for a year or at least for the period when these were shut. There was no pollution during that period,” he argued.