JAMMU, Feb 4: All Jammu Hotels and Lodges Association (AJHLA) has expressed concern on the delay caused in providing sewerage connections to the hotels despite assurance by the authorities.
Addressing a meeting of the Association, held under the chairmanship of Inderjeet Khajuria, president AJHLA, Pawan Gupta said that State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) was unnecessarily harassing hoteliers of Jammu despite State Government assurance.
He said Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, during his pre-budget meeting with hoteliers of Jammu, had ensured sewerage connections to the Hoteliers as the Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) being constructed by NBCC from Government of Jammu and Kashmir, which is going to connect all residential and commercial areas of old Jammu City, will be completed soon.
He said despite Haseeb Drabu’s assurance State PCB continuously harass the hoteliers.
Pawan ensured that all members of the association have equal concern for protection and maintenance of environment and are taking all appropriate measures to properly dispose of the sewerage and organic waste from their establishments.
He expressed his concern for delay in commissioning of Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) being constructed by NBCC from Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
He urged the Sewerage Department to complete the work on the layout of pipes and provide connections to the hotels in Jammu, which are under constant pressure of the Pollution Control Board (PCB).
He appealed State Government for their personal intervention to ensure sewerage connections to the hoteliers at the earliest and in the meanwhile directing J&K State PCB not to harass the hoteliers.
Narrating the economic crisis the hoteliers are facing, he said that the PCB has already sealed the operation of occupancy in rooms exceeding 19 rooms in the Hotels which cannot be made operational for occupancy unless sewerage connections are provided.
Others present in the meeting, included Pritam Sharma, Krishan Lal Gupta, H S Manhas, Baldev Raj, Swarn Singh, Sankul Gupta, Vinod Jandial, Magat Ram and Sunil Suri.