“No representation has been initiated so far by any Industry Association with the government or the Courts of Law on the matter”

TFT had reported Y’day about the recommended decision of the Delhi Government to convert Pragati Maidan, Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium, Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium and the Dhyanchand National Stadium along with five star and four-star hotels to increase the number of total available beds for treating Covid 19 patients.

Delhi HC on Thursday heard the petitions of two leading hotels in Delhi, Crowne Plaza and Surya- respectively on the petition– not to convert their premises into hospitals to treat Covid-19 positive cases.

HC Judge Navin Chawla asked additional solicitor-general (ASG) Sanjay Jain if the Delhi Government had done a study before passing the May 29 order directing five luxury hotels to be converted into Covid-19 hospitals to which the government’s counsel informed the court that no such study was not conducted by the government.

The Delhi High Court then formed a two-member committee, comprising AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria and Niti Aayog member VK Paul to suggest whether such an exercise is feasible or not.

The decision will hugely affect the MICE Sector as neglecting of the sector means an overall negative impact on the sector in the entire country.

Interestingly- ITPO has given confirmations to many organizers, (subject to approval from the central government) to host exhibitions from August 2020 onwards.  

The panel has been asked to submit its report by Sunday (June 14, 2020). The court felt that it not only involves the interest of the hotels, but also of the public at large. Next hearing on the issue is on June 15 (Monday).

While Crowne Plaza was represented by senior advocate Maninder Singh, Hotel Surya was represented by senior advocates Saurabh Kirpal, Atul Sharma, Sugam Seth, etc.

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