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BMC offers financial assistance to hotels used COVID care centres in Mumbai

Officials from the civic body have decided to offer relief to these hotels with regards to the property tax for the months of April-June 2020, as they were used by the BMC as quarantine centres for COVID patients and essential workers.

BMC offers financial assistance to hotels used COVID care centres in Mumbai
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In a recently taken decision, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be offering special discounts to hotels which are used for quarantine by Coronavirus patients. 

As per reports, the BMC had taken over several hotels as quarantine centres in Mumbai to house doctors, other staff and to keep people in contact with COVID19 patients. So far, 182 star and non-star hotels were being used for the same, and the BMC had paid the hotels as well.

Post this, the officials from the civic body decided to give further relief to these hotels with regards to the property tax for that period, and as per the new announcement, the same will be undertaken by the administration. Reports state that the hotel property taxes, from April to June 2020, will be collected from the municipal health department as users. The decision was taken by the commissioner to shift the tax amount from the account of the health department to the assessment and collection department, which will add further relief to the hotels. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the city was under a lockdown for several months, and the services in the hospitality industry were shut. The business was affected. However, with the government's decision to use these hotels as COVID care centres offered them some assistance, as BMC had been using them for patients and staff members of the essential services.

During the three-month period from April to June 2020, the property tax of all these hotels sums up to INR 22.70 crore, and this amount will now be paid by the Municipal Corporation itself.

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