Letter sent to Lucknow DM to rethink time restrictions for hospitality sector

  • 50 percent of the business is on track
  • There are close to 100 big hotels in the city
  • Number of small hotels is 3000

Lucknow: Bringing back the painful situation that the Hotel and restaurant businessmen were in during a nationwide lockdown, this time the night curfew seems to have brought back the same issues as roads ad areas shutdown for the night early.

A letter has been written to the District Magistrate demanding that passengers and students can get food, for this, the exemption of opening hotel restaurants up to 100 meters away from Charbagh railway station should be given till 11 pm. Work has just begun, budget hoteliers will die of hunger.

While they know that the move is for the larger benefit of the public and city, they have taken the matter up with the administration so that they do not face an economic issue with a huge deficit hitting them like last time.

For local businessmen in the city in the hospitality sector the night curfew hinders work when the business actually picks steam in the evening.  In such a situation, opening a hotel-restaurant for them has proved loss making.

Leading lights in the sector like Shyam Krishnani of the Uttar Pradesh Hotel Association have told the media that the dining starts after eight-nine o’clock in the evening with this they are left in the lurch. Home delivery was already down because due to corona, people have started to avoid eating by ordering from outside.

They say the Navratri was a good time for business.

Local businesses say business has been reduced to 50 per cent. People go out for chaat, kulfi, dinner only at night.

Online deliveries happen till 10:30 pm and last orders comein till 8pm. This time covers one third of the business. 50% business  is in these three-four hours.

As per a quote by Hotel and Restaurant Owners Association President Surendra Sharma there are around 200 budget hotels in Charbagh.

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