HRANI submits representation to Delhi Development Authority to consider increasing FAR from 20% to 40%
The Northern India's apex Hospitality Association - Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) has submitted a representation to Delhi Development Authority requesting an increase in the allowable commercial retail space in hotels from 20 per cent to 40 per cent in the Master Plan Delhi (MPD)-2041.

The Association has pointed out that in the earlier MPD-2041 draft, the DDA had provisioned for the increase and also had proposed including the same but has now left it out. This has brought much disappointment to the Hospitality industry in the Capital city. Through its representation, the HRANI has attempted to throw light on the several reasons justifying the need for increased FAR. It has appealed to the Government to consider the same for a progressive and vibrant development of Delhi.
The letter also mentioned that due to the economic fallout from the pandemic, the tourism sector, especially the hotel industry has been the worst hit. The hotels and restaurant business enterprises are facing an existential threat.

Therefore the business entrepreneur should have full liberty to change/shift the land use/Building Plan from existing business to some other lucrative business. It is high time now that existing business houses in the hospitality industry should be allowed to change their business and land use from Hotels to other commercial activities such as Malls/Hospital/Residential towers/office complex/other commercial complex etc. The land use / building plan of the hospitality industry should stand changed as per the modern requirement/necessity.

The representation also stated that in the last Master Plan for Delhi, the policy for cinema was changed. In the same way, for the Hotel industry, a new policy may be formulated for the existing Hotel to be allowed to change the land use /building from one business to another.

Needless to say by increasing Commercial FAR from 20% to 40%, the hotels will have revenue generation needed to offset colossal losses during these pandemic years but also have fiscal confidence in refurbishing existing rooms and infrastructure /adding rooms to meet the need of the next few decades. The State too would gain from various tax revenues so generated stated Sh. Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, President, HRANI and Vice President, FHRAI

The pandemic has changed/altered the fundamental concept of hospitality business environment, keeping in view this unprecedented times, the hospitality business entrepreneurs should be given full liberty to change/shift the land use/Building Plan from existing business to some other lucrative business commented Past President FHRAI & HRANI Sh Garish Oberoi.

IRCTC extends the waiver of integration fee for hotels joining its platform
To become a full-fledged Online Travel platform (OTA) offering travel products and services, Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), had started enlisting hotels into its platform. Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) was the first hotel association in the country which signed a MoU with IRCTC expressing interest to work together in distribution.

In order to make the proposition more attractive for hotels, IRCTC had waived off the initial integration fee till July 31, 2021. The offer was announced by Smt Rajni Hasija, CMD, IRCTC at a webinar hosted by HRANI.

In the wake of lock down and shut down of hotel operations due to the second wave of pandemic, IRCTC has extended the one-time waiver of integration charges for all new applications till 31st October, 2021 from July 31, 2021 after the representation made by the Association.

The members can directly integrate with IRCTC. An EOI for the same is available on the websites of both HRANI & IRCTC. Enclosure of current HRANI membership certificate is mandatory to avail the benefit of waiver on integration charges including reduced commission from 5% to 12% by our hotel members reported Renu Thapliyal, Secretary General, HRANI. ...Read more

We are thankful to Madam Rajni Hasija, Chairman & Managing Director, IRCTC and her team for acceding to our submissions especially when the industry is going through tough times stated Sh. Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, President, HRANI and Vice President, FHRAI.

"I firmly believe that this initiative of HRANI will help our hotel members to reduce the customer acquisition cost in a big way and will create a win-win situation for both the hoteliers as well as the end consumers" added Sh. Jaiswal.

Surendra Kumar Jaiswal
President, HRANI & Vice President, FHRAI
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Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) is the northern wing of the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) - an apex body of the hospitality sector. HRANI, founded in 1950 by Legend Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi, represents hotels, restaurants, tourism industry & travel trade of all nine states of Northern India i.e. Delhi, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh. It was conceived with an idea to give Hoteliers and Restaurateurs in Northern India a common forum for interaction. With an active membership base from the hospitality industry and allied sectors, HRANI is assisting its members to create a conducive environment to tap the vast potential of hospitality industry in Northern India.
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