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Union Govt approves creation of ‘Hospitality Development and Promotion Board’


3 January 2011

Mumbai: The Union Cabinet has approved creation of Hospitality Development and Promotion Board (HDPB) for approving and facilitating of hotel projects. The decision will facilitate the setting up of a Hospitality Development and Promotion Board at the Central level. The State Governments/UTs will be advised to set up a State level Hospitality Development and Promotion Board on similar basis.

According to ANI report, the main function of the Board will be to monitor and facilitate the clearances/approvals of hotel projects both at the Central and the State Government level. The Board would be a single point for receiving applications for various clearances; for fast track approval/clearances of hotel project proposals in a time bound manner, review hotel project policies to encourage the growth of hotel/hospitality infrastructure in the country.

The Board would review and monitor the clearances of hotel projects with the concerned Ministries/Departments/ authorities by meeting on fixed schedule basis. The HDPB will not in any way supercede the statutory clearances of other agencies and will only act as a facilitator for the fast track hotel project approvals in a time bound manner.

The Secretary (Tourism), Government of India would be the Chairman of the Board at the Central level whereas the Chief Secretary of the State Government would be Chairman of the Board at the State level. The board at the Central level would be set up after approval of the proposal and all the State and UT Governments would be requested to set up similar boards

There has been a demand from the hotel industry to streamline the system for speedy clearances of hotel projects. In order to facilitate the processing of proposals of hotel project approvals and the expeditious disposal of the same in a time bound manner by the Centre and the State/UT governments, a facilitation /clearance system at the Central and State/UT level is required.