Mysuru: The Trade License Renewal Mela organised by Mysore Hotel Owners Association with the support of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) at its premises in Krishnamurthypuram here received good response from hotel owners this morning.
Over 300 hotel owners got their Trade Licence renewed on the spot. The MCC has deputed more than 25 staff for distribution of challan, collection of fees and to expedite the process of online payment of fees for Trade Licence renewal.
The mela, which began at 10 am will go on till 4 pm today. The Association has organised the mela for the benefit of hotel owners to get the licence renewed under one roof without any hassle.
Set up onsite compost units
Speaking after inaugurating the mela, MCC Commissioner Shilpa Nag directed all owners of hotels that produce large quantity of garbage to set up their own compost unit to avoid fines and even cancellation of Trade Licence.
According to the Solid Waste Management Rules-2016 and protocol for star rating of garbage-free cities, all bulk garbage generators in commercial category, including hotels, restaurants, function halls, IT companies and other industries, food courts, malls, institutions etc., that produce an average of 50 kgs of waste a day must install composting machines in their premises to process the wet waste, she added.
She said that MCC collects a revenue of Rs. 5 crore from over 30,000 Trade Licence holders every year in city. Of this, 500 are restaurants and big hotels, she added.
She also appreciated the hotel owners for their contributions in promotion of tourism as well as helping the city bag the third place in Swachh Survekshan 2019 ranking.
Earlier, Association President C. Narayanagowda demanded the MCC to relax its rules on collection of double tax and double trade renewal fees from non Completion Report (CR) building hotel owners besides urging to drop the demand of producing revenue paid receipts from hotel owners during the renewal of Trade Licence.
MCC Commissioner Shilpa Nag promised to look into the demand after discussing the same at the MCC Council meeting and with other higher government authorities. She said the city was adjudged third cleanest city among 4,237 cities in Swachh Survekshan Survey 2019.
Speaking after distributing the papers bags initiated by Hotel Lakshman to make Mysuru plastic-free, MCC Health Officer Dr. D.M. Nagaraj wanted the hotel owners to follow the same to make Mysuru free from plastic pollution.
Recycle used edible oil to produce bio-fuel
Dr. Nagaraj also asked the hotel owners to recycle the used edible oil generated from their hotels for production of fuel. MCC has planned to set up such a bio-fuel unit by using used edible oil. MUDA has allotted four acres of land for MCC to set up this unit in city. Used edible oil will be recycled once this unit is commissioned, he added.
Mysuru City Corporation Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Kumar Nayak, Mysore Hotel Owners Association Office-bearers Ravishastri, Ugraiah, Subramanya Tantri and others were present.