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State Cuts Down the Required Permissions to Aid the Hospitality Industry

Permissions from departments like revenue, public works department and legal metrology have been slashed.

State Cuts Down the Required Permissions to Aid the Hospitality Industry
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The permissions to open a business under the hospitality sector have been cut from 70 to 10 by the Maharashtra Government. A formal proposal was cleared on Wednesday, paving the way for individuals to venture into hospitality businesses with reduced anxiety.

A senior official quoted by the TOI said that around 80 licenses are required including 10 from the Central Government and 70 permissions from the 12 state agencies. Officials from the tourism department are believed to have coordinated with the 12 state agencies to cut down or merge some of the licenses and no-objection certificates (NOCs). 

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Officials from the tourism department said that individuals will only need to fill eight application forms now as compared to 70 forms prior. Also, all required forms will be available online. 

It is said that permissions from departments like revenue, public works department and legal metrology have been slashed. Additionally, nine basic permissions have been changed into self-certification, an official added. This will cover the license to operate lifts, rolling shutters or swimming pools.

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This is a landmark move by any measure and makes Maharashtra the first state in the country to slash permissions for the benefit of the hospitality sector. 

Adarsh Shetty from the Association of Hotels and Restaurants (AHAR) said that the association welcomed the move and was also hopeful about the hastening of a single-window system with regard to permissions. The state, for its part, has said that it is looking to bring all the required permissions to one platform.

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