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Trouble brews in Nagpur hospitality industry as it stares at ₹1500 crore losses

Trouble has been brewing in Nagpur’s hospitality industry ever since last year’s lockdown, which left the industry completely paralysed. With bare minimum sales for months last year and no certainty as to when restaurants would revive their businesses, the industry stares at a dark future.

However, some restaurateurs in Nagpur heaved a sigh of relief after Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) recently permitted restaurants and bar to operate till 7 pm. All the restaurants and bars would have to operate at a 50% capacity. Action would be taken against anyone who is seen flouting COVID-19 norms. Apart from this, home delivery of food is permissible till 11 pm. Despite the partial relaxations, there seems to be a harsh reality that the hospitality sector is struggling to cope with…

Nagpur Residential Hotels Association (NRHA) President Tejinder Singh Renu said, Nagpur hotels mainly earn revenue from people coming for dinners over lunches. Usually very limited people wanting to have a business meet, etc., would come for lunch ? even before COVID-19 pandemic hit us. Majority people come for dinner and that’s what keeps the restaurants rolling.

He said, Shutting down restaurants and hotels by 7 pm makes no sense at all. We have requested NMC Commissioner B Radhakrishnan and Nagpur District Collector Ravindra Thakare to extend the timing till 11 pm. It’s not like the virus is more active during the evening. Plus, we’re ready to take all safety measures and follow protocols.

He added, Hotels earn primarily from tariffs generated from rooms, restaurants, and banquets. Now, due to pandemic, only 50% occupancy has made the situation difficult. Unlike other industry, our product is perishable. Once the night is gone and our room is unoccupied, we’ve lost the opportunity.

Renu added, Despite RBIs guidelines of restructuring loans, banks aren’t co-operating. There’s a huge problem in managing funds. Our usual turnover is around ₹2000 to ₹2500 crores annually. However, due to pandemic, we could hardly manage ₹800-900 crore in 2020-21. So certainly, we’ve incurred a revenue loss of around ₹1500 crore from Nagpur.

When we spoke to Angadh Arora, Director at Centre Point Group of Hotels & Resorts and co-owner at Pablo ? the Art Café Lounge, he said, The authorities have given us a time limit till 7 pm to operate our restaurants. Which customer prefers winding up his dinner by 7 pm? Moreover, when a customer comes for dinner at say 6 pm, we?d have to tell them that it would be their last order as 7 pm is the closing time.

He added, We at Hotel Centre Point have incurred almost Rs 4 crore losses in just one month (from mid February to mid March) as Nagpur people, due to uncertainty, shifted their wedding venues out of the state. Nagpur’s hotel association has incurred monthly losses of Rs 250 crores due to lockdown restrictions. Our high operational expenses that are being incurred for running the restaurant for a stipulated time are only worsening our businesses. So, in such a case, its only better if we don’t operate at all!

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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.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller


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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.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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