‘Industry status’ for non-classified hotels in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government has announced the criteria on which taxes and charges will be levied at industrial rates on non-classified hotels in the special hospitality category, officials. The government resolution (GR) on this was issued on Friday, they added. From April 1 this year, all-star hotels registered with the tourism ministry have been able to enjoy tariffs and duties on electricity, water as well as property, development and non-agricultural taxes at industrial rates.

These include a minimum of six rooms with windows and proper ventilation for letting out, cleanliness, staff conduct etc, while the second criteria comprises 43 norms, attaining some of which would qualify an outlet to be called a ‘green hotel’, the official added.

The green hotel norms include rainwater harvesting system, effective waste management practises, no use of plastics etc, the official pointed out. In order to bolster the hospitality sector, the state government had its industry status last year.