Ordered to pay taxes for lockdown period, Dharamsala hoteliers fume : The Tribune India

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Lalit Mohan

Tribune press service

Dharamsala, November 13

Hoteliers in the scenic town have received notices from the Dharamsala Municipal Corporation (MC) for the collection of property tax for two years – 2019-20 and 2020-21. The overdue tax varies between Rs 60,000 and Rs 4 lakh depending on the hotel zone. The development has led to resentment among hoteliers, who say they have received assurances from CM Jai Ram Thakur and the Tourism Secretary that the tax will be waived during the lockdown period.

Requested exemption: Mayor

Hoteliers suffered huge losses. The government must consider our proposal to grant them an exemption from local taxes. — Onkar Nehria, Mayor of Dharamsala

Ashwani Bamba, chairman of the Dharamsala Hotel and Restaurant Association, said hotels had remained closed for at least a year due to Covid restrictions. “We had met with the CM and the Tourism Secretary on several occasions and briefed them on our issues,” he said. “We were assured that concessions would be granted in terms exemption from property tax, license fees, etc. But the government is in no mood to provide any relief,” he said.

Sanjeev Gandhi, Secretary General of the Smart City Dharamsala Hotel and Restaurant Association, said: “Commissioner MC told us that they had applied for property tax exemption for hotels for six months but got no response. . We’re going to start a protest. Dharamsala Mayor Onkar Nehria said it was unfortunate that the state did not consider their request. “I deposited Rs 60,000 as property tax. Hoteliers have suffered losses and the government must consider the MC’s proposal,” he said.

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