Taj Mansingh to go under hammer, Le Meridien licence scrapped

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New Delhi : In  a huge jolt to the Taj Mansingh Hotel, it will finally go under the hammer, the NDMC said. The NDMC also cancelled Le Meridien Hotel’s licence over dues of Rs 523 crore.

The two decisions were pending since long as the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) was entangled in legal battles with the two hotel owners.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a member of NDMC Council, made the announcement following a special meeting of its top decision-making body.

Taking tweeter, Delhi CM Kejriwal said, “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),”.

Taj Mansingh, owned by NDMC, was given to Tata’s Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) on lease for 33 years. The lease expired in 2011 and the company was given nine temporary extensions since then on various grounds.

NDMC, which works under the administrative control of the Union Home Ministry, had got the nod to auction the hotel in March 2015.

The civic body also decided to cancel the license of Le Meridien, another posh hotel in the Lutyens’ Delhi.

“The council decided that the license of the hotel be terminated due to non-payment of license fee worth Rs 523 crore and the Delhi High Court will be apprised accordingly, keeping in view the gross abuse of the process of law by the hotel,” the NDMC official said.