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Meet Mickey Arora – the man behind Hotel Centre Point – the biggest hospitality brand of Nagpur

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Mickey Arora with Anil Ambani during an event at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur

Hotel Centre Point at Ramdaspeth has arguably been the most preferred choice for a typical Nagpur celebration or event. The hotel has been competitively handling the influx of big and small hospitality brands in the city. While Hotel Centre Point tops the bucket list of Nagpurians planning their celebrations and events, the hotel is braving a stiff competition from newer hotels vis-à-vis outstation guests and dining places. Nation Next speaks to Jasbir Singh Arora, popularly known as Mickey Arora, the owner of the hotel, about making of the biggest hospitality brand of Nagpur ? Hotel Centre Point.

Please tell us the story behind the inception of Hotel Centre Point.

We used to reside exactly behind where Hotel Centre Point is now, but it was a vacant plot then. Nagpur didn’t have good hotels, having even basic facilities like centralised air-conditioned rooms, etc. So we decided to build a good hotel (in 1988) on that vacant plot as its location was perfect for a hotel. Hotel industry was totally a new experience for us as we previously dealt with automobiles, spare parts, paints and trading. Still, we tried to make a mark in the hospitality industry here by coming up with a quality hotel. Sardar waise bhi famous hote hai khatirdari karne main! (Sikhs are anyway famous for their hospitality!)

Your family migrated from Pakistan in 1947. Please tell us about your initial struggle days in Nagpur.

In 1947, my father migrated from Pakistan and came directly to Nagpur. We started a business, which involved sales of automobile spare parts, trading and paints. The shop was known as Deepak Paint Mart, which is still there in Sadar but with a changed name. When I was 16, I started looking after the shop. At the initial stage, we were not financially strong, so we faced lot of problems in trading goods. When our paint workshop and other related businesses got settled, we thought of entering into the hotel industry. Various schemes were available for financing ambitious projects. During those days, getting a loan was difficult. So, it took eight months for us to get the funds. Our project was finally sanctioned due to sheer dedication and hard work. But as we needed more funds for the hotel, we had to liquidate our assets, shares etc. Also, as not many experienced architects were available in Nagpur, we had to rope in architects from Delhi.

Hotel Tuli Imperial, which is at a stone throw away distance from your hotel on Central Bazar road, has come up with first of its kind roof top lounge Ru-oo-fh 180? in Nagpur. How do you plan to compete with them in terms of dining facilities

Competition doesn’t mean it’s a threat to us. It was initially our idea to come up with a thematic rooftop dining area but it got delayed. As one of our competitors started it first, it helped us in our research. In a couple of months, Hotel Centre Point too would come up with a rooftop restaurant, based on Moroccan theme.

Hotel Centre Point recently went in for major renovation. Was this part of your strategy to compete with Tuli Imperial?

I didn’t feel any pressure to change the décor or ambience of my hotel. We wanted to give our hotel a fresh look and feel, that’s why we went in for a major renovation. This change was brought about for a personal satisfaction, rather than some other intention. We have not just renovated the entrance of the hotel but also the lobby, locker rooms, housekeeping and cafeteria. The lobby area was given a face lift, which also gives a positive feeling to our staff. The overall structure and the beauty of our hotel attracts more sophisticated customers now. This makes our staff happier and as a result they serve customers better. Our competitors are undoubtedly putting in a lot of efforts to supersede us but Centre Point didn’t become a brand overnight. It’s a result of our consistent quality services and goodwill.

Tuli Imperial is a boutique hotel with grand interiors, and there are no parking hassles there. How has your business got affected since its launch?

Tuli Imperial was never a threat to us. In fact, when there are similar products available in one area, the customer is benefited because healthy competition leads to better service and improved quality. The saying – Survival of the fittest? – definitely holds true. We have been serving our customers since decades. No matter how difficult the situation is, we have always emerged as the winners. We serve good quality food at a competitive pricing. We have ample parking space where at least, 80 cars can be easily parked but still our customers at times feel that parking is a bit chaotic. We are planning to upgrade our parking, which would soon accommodate more than 120 cars.

What do you have to say about frequent gambling raids in Nagpur hotels
As per our hotel rules and regularity procedures, we always try not to encourage our guests or staff to get involved in gambling or other illegal activities in or around our hotel as we cater to the families. We have certain kind of limitations on our premises. When we allot a room to our guests, we are not supposed to enter it without their permission due to privacy reasons. We have to call them and wait. Still if there’s no response, we need to call the management, write down in our legal procedure book and then take any kind of action against the same. If we have given our 40 rooms for wedding purpose to our guests and if there is any kind of gambling happening in any of those rooms, we will never come to know. If we come to know, we definitely take an action against the same.

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It is rumoured that DCP Abhinash Kumar was transferred from Zone I to Zone III because of influential and strong hotel owners lobby of west Nagpur, which was upset with Kumar’s frequent gambling raids in prominent hotels

Abhinash Kumar is a gem of a person. I have met him a couple of times. It’s his duty to raid a place if he receives any information, something that he had cleared to us long back. No one is so influential to get our DCPs transferred. There were few more internal changes in the zones after he got transferred from Zone I to Zone III. There’s nothing wrong in transferring our DCPs as most of them are still in Nagpur. It’s a general routine. Kumar might be more capable of handling his duties in Zone III like our former Commissioner of Police – SP Yadav – had said. I’ve never taken any kind of favour from any DCP or CP during raids. I’ve always followed all the legal procedures and the same is being followed by the police.

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Recently an FIR was lodged against your nephew Hardeep Singh Arora by his wife for sexual harassment and dowry. How do you respond to these accusations

It’s his personal matter and I have nothing to do with it. There’s misunderstanding and complications between the two families, which has led to such an unpleasant scenario between them. This case has no relevance as there is no strong evidence against Hardeep.

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

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