Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced the New Delhi Municipal Council's (NDMC) long pending decision to auction the iconic Taj Mansingh hotel and cancel the license of the Le Meridien
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced the New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC) long pending decision to auction the iconic Taj Mansingh hotel and cancel the license of the Le Meridien. Kejriwal, who is also a member of the NDMC went on Twitter to announce the auction after a special meeting of the top body of the NDMC.
“Important decisions today’s NDMC meeting-open auction of Taj Mansingh, cancel Le Meridian Hotel license, 240 days TMR (Temporary Muster Roll) every yr 2 all death cases (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted. Earlier in November 2016, Tata Group’s IHCL (Indian Hotels Company Ltd) had moved to the Supreme Court saying that they had no need to auction the Taj Hotel had it generated good revenue for the civic body.
Le Meridien’s licence fee has been a subject of disagreement with allegations of irregularities against the NDMC in the form of licence fees from the property. The NDMC had increased the license free for the property to over Rs 3 crore last year. It was also alleged that NDMC officials had allowed a settlement of pending licence fee dues towards the civic body by the hotel by accepting a one-time fee of over Rs 150 crore which allegedly resulted in a loss of Rs 400 crore to the exchequer.
Imp decisions today’s NDMC meeting- Open auction of Taj Mansingh, cancel Le Meridian Hotel license, 240 days TMR every yr 2 all death cases
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 2, 2017
Earlier in November, the SC had issued a notice to the NDMC in reply to the plea against the auction of the hotel. Earlier, the Delhi high Court had dismissed the Tata Group’s appeal to retain the managerial rights over the Taj Hotel and told the business group to participate in the auction process, if they wished to continue having the management rights. The property owned by the NDMC had been given to the IHCL on a lease of 33 years, ending in 2011. IHCL has reportedly managed the property since then through several legal extensions. The group of companies had filed a civil suit against the NDMC for deciding to auction the property.