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Time to rein in hotels

M. Sai Gopal

Corner road space without qualms for parking

PHOTO: Nagara Gopal

Where is the parking?: Lack of parking space in front of a hotel in city. –

HYDERABAD: ‘Ek chai laa re’! By the time you finish your hot cuppa, your vehicle might have been lugged away by the overzealous traffic cop. If you are lucky to find your vehicle intact, then you will be wondering how to extricate yourself from the maze of vehicles parked haphazardly in front of the hotel.

If you are blessed on both fronts, then surely you will find yourself trapped in a huge gridlock in front of the hotel because vehicles parked at ‘No parking’ zones have eaten away the road space. This harrowing state-of-affairs in front of small and big hotels in the city has acquired menacing proportions.

Wreaking havoc

It’s as if providing parking to the customer is a cardinal sin for managements of hotels in twin cities. Be it the more modern ones like Ohri’s and Southern Spice at Banjara Hills or relatively places like the Garden restaurant, Secunderabad, the situation is appallingly repetitive.

The long winding columns of cars waiting along Road No 12 in front of Ohri’s and even at its other outlet on the Raj Bhavan road, beeline of cars jostling for space at Southern Spice, Road No 3, long rows of vehicles parked along both sides of the road at Blue Fox, Himayathnagar, are emblematic of the way managements of hotels are wreaking havoc to corner the available road space by not providing parking.

Now, the hotel owners are feeling the heat after the GHMC had served them with notices to take action by providing parking space within a month or face closure. The hotel managements are supposed to provide 25 per cent of their space for parking. It’s anybody’s guess, how many hotels in the city strictly follow these stipulations.

Need for dialogue

“There is need for a dialogue between hotel owners and GHMC over this issue. These hotels, which are not giving parking space, have spawned right under the nose of the regulating authority. Both parties are at fault and there is no point in blame game,” feels Joint Secretary, Hotels and Restaurants Association of Andhra Pradesh, Ravish Dave.

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