Pune Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad said as of now, there are no plans to reopen hotels in PMC limits. “As the cases are rising, we cannot allow the hotel industry to start,” he said. The PMC chief said once the cases come down, the administration will think of opening hotels.
Despite the state government’s directive to reopen hotels in the state, the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations are not keen to allow hotels in their respective jurisdictions to start operations. The district collectorate has, however, issued orders for reopening of hotels in rural parts of the district.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said it was adopting a “wait and watch” approach for a few days. “The number of positive patients is very high in the city. We will not allow hotels to open immediately.
They will have to wait for another couple of days,” Pune municipal commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad said on Tuesday, adding they would review the situation soon.
Hardikar, however, said the civic administration was in talks with hotels to allow rooms for Covid-19 patients as well as accommodation for doctors. “We are talking to a few hotels in this connection. This way, they can also get started and make some revenue,” he said.
Sharan Shetty, president of Pune Hoteliers Association, said just when hotel owners had taken steps to adhere to all the government guidelines, it was “highly disappointing” to know that PMC and PCMC were not ready to give the green signal to the hotel industry.
“We will meet both PMC and PCMC commissioners on Thursday and urge them to allow hotels to start functioning,” he said.
According to PMC’s data, the number of positive patients in the municipal limits crossed 23,000 on Tuesday. The number of active positive cases stood at 7,859.