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Tuesday, 04 April, 2017, 12 : 50 PM [IST]

HRAWI to meet Maharashtra CM today over liquor ban on the highways

The Hotel And Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI), the apex body of restaurateurs and hoteliers of Western India will be meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, today to apprise him about the industry concerns in the aftermath of the implementation of Supreme Court order banning liquor in hotels and restaurants falling in 500 mtr radius of national and state highways.

“Maharashtra alone has 13,655 bars & shops, of which over 500 restaurants and bars shall be hit only in Mumbai, while in Mumbai Metropolitan Region 2,000 and in the State of Maharashtra 9,925 are at a risk of losing business. The Government of Maharashtra would stand to lose Rs. 7,000 crore in taxes, excise and license fees, while the country wide impact on the sector is estimated at Rs. 200,000 crores,” says Kamlesh Barot, Past President, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI).

This would be in addition to an estimated job loss of over one million heads currently employed in the hospitality sector.

“Unlike many other countries, in India, highways run right through cities and towns. Not only restaurants and bars, but also hotels, malls, cinema houses, clubs and even residential apartments will be found right next to highways. Star rated hotels in Mumbai usually cater to business travelers and inbound foreign tourists. With about fifty hotels in Mumbai, including Sahara Star, Westin, Orchid and others, expected to be affected by the ban, tourists may find themselves exposed to a scenario of severely shrinking choices. This could wreck the demand supply ratio of full service hotels in the city, and affect the tourism infrastructure of the city,” says Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI.
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