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The Lalit says it hasn’t got closure notice

It’s business as usual at The Lalit in Delhi, even after the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) served a closure notice on the hotel with immediate effect for flouting environment norms.

While the hotel management has denied having received any such notice, DPCC has swung into action, asking water and electricity providers to cut the supply to the hotel.

Since DPCC is a regulatory body without any enforcement powers, it can’t directly implement its order. A senior DPCC official told Business Standard that the directive was issued after the firm failed to act on its earlier notices. DPCC issued the first notice on December 20 last year.

“Environment norms are part of criteria for hotel classification by the Hotels and Restaurant Approval Classification Committee (HRACC) under the tourism ministry. If a hotel doesn’t follow the guidelines, its star rating can be taken away by the panel,” said Kamlesh Barot, former president, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI).

Full report here Business Standard


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