Hotel Association Nepal Pokhara chapter has demanded the government to exempt demand tariffs of electricity in the wake of the closure of hotels owing to COVID-19 lockdown.
The Western Regional Hotel Association Nepal has urged the government to exempt demand tariffs of electricity in the wake of the closure of hotels owing to COVID-19 lockdown. The Association reminded the government that the hotel sector received a severe dent due to the spread of coronavirus.
The Association Chief Bikal Tulachan led a team to a meeting with Nepal Electricity Authority's Distribution and Customers Service Directorate on Monday. Directorate Chief Teknath Tiwari was requested to not impose electricity fee on them because they were not open for business due to the crisis.
Tulachan further complained that the Association's demands were not addressed before the beginning of the new fiscal year though the government was reminded of it on time. Although the hotel sector is recognized as an industry, the government facilities and discount were not provided to it, he added.
As hoteliers were ready to pay the tariff they had incurred so far, arrangements could be made to pay after the restoration of a normal situation.
State chief of the Electricity Authority said he was aware that the hotel sector faced tremendous difficulty and it was logical to request discounts on charge. Bank loan, interest and other installments have emptied hotelier's accounts, so they needed government help, it was said.