The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has sought the intervention of the Civil Aviation Minister on the delay in clearances to hotels in Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport ‘Aerocity’.

Vivek Nair, President, FHRAI, in a meeting with Minister for Civil Aviation Ajit Singh sought his intervention in the undue delay in issuing completion certificates and other clearances to hotels in Delhi’s upcoming hospitality district.

As many as 13 hotels are being built in the Aerocity, at a combined project cost of approximately Rs 10,000 crore. The hotels, which include the J.W Marriott, will together contribute 5,500 “much-needed” additional rooms to the Capital’s limited inventory of 11,000 in the branded segment and generate direct employment for several people.

The construction of some of these hotels is either already complete or at an advanced stage of completion. “An inordinate delay in their commissioning would not only cause colossal financial losses to the individual developers, but also put in peril the vision of establishing a world-class hospitality hub, which was conceived as an integral component of the ambitious modernisation programme of the Delhi International Airport,” the association said in a statement.

FHRAI said that the hotels were being developed according to the approved master plan and requisite statutory clearances had already been obtained, including the no-objection certificate from the Airports Authority of India, prior to commencement of construction four years ago.

“To impose structural modifications or alteration of building plans at this late stage, ostensibly to allay perceived security concerns, would be unreasonable and impractical. Moreover, it has already been clarified that all buildings in the area will incorporate modern security and surveillance infrastructure,” the statement added.

nivedita.ganguly@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on February 12, 2013)
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