230 ho­tels for Clean In­dia

In what the in­dus­try calls a first-of-its-kind ini­tia­tive, a to­tal of 230 ho­tels, in­clud­ing 170 ma­jor ones, un­der the Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (HAI), have pledged that more than 500 of their em­ploy­ees will clean about 230 km of road around their ho­tels

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“It’s sim­ple and di­rectly pro­por­tional: if the coun­try isn’t clean, we at­tract less tourists,” Vikramjit Oberoi, Pres­i­dent, Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia said, “It makes sense for the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor to em­brace the gov­ern­ment’s clean In­dia ini­tia­tive. EIH has tasked at least three em­ploy­ees per ho­tels to ded­i­cat­edly clean the ar­eas around their ho­tels,” Oberoi, who is also the chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and joint MD of the group's flag­ship EIH re­marked.

Sev­eral five-star chains have beau­ti­fied the ar­eas around their ho­tels for years. The ITC Mau­rya and Taj Palace Ho­tels in Delhi and The Leela in Mumbai are ex­am­ples of ho­tels that have kept pave­ment plants well-pruned and dust free.

Now they plan to do more. “All par­tic­i­pat­ing ho­tels are clean­ing more than just the im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings and will cover a wider ra­dius,” Nakul Anand, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, ITC added.

In­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives said it’s dif­fi­cult to de­fine the size of the ar­eas to be cleaned as its spread widely across ge­ogra­phies. Each part­ner ho­tel is work­ing on the project as a sin­gle unit, set­ting its own goal and de­cid­ing how to go about it. Some ho­tels have given the power to gen­eral man­agers to sched­ule clean­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, while some oth­ers have ded­i­cated staff to look af­ter sur­round­ing ar­eas, clean nearby rail­way sta­tions or public toi­lets around mon­u­ments.

It makes sense for the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor to em­brace the gov­ern­ment’s Clean In­dia ini­tia­tive. EIH has tasked at least three em­ploy­ees per ho­tels to ded­i­cat­edly clean the ar­eas around their ho­tels. Vikramjit Oberoi Pres­i­dent, Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia

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