New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi Sunday announced an initiative to bring more transparency in approvals for hotel classification by letting the applicants know the status of their application, an official release said.
Hotel promoters and owners seek voluntary approval from the ministry for their projects and classification from one star to five star deluxe by submitting applications, said the release.
These requests are processed for a final decision within 90 days from the receipt of complete applications, it said, adding that applicants however remain unaware of the status of their applications till the final decision is conveyed to them.
"With the new move, all information relating to such applications indicating the latest status will be put on the website of the ministry - www.tourism.gov.in. All applicants will be given a password to access the details posted on the web," the release said.
It said the web details will indicate the date of receipt of applications, status regarding project approval, proposed date of the visit of Hotel and Restaurant Classification Committee, final recommendation of the committee and final status of classification.
"This measure will bring in more transparency, make officials more accountable in working and enable the applicants to access information and check status of their applications sitting at their own places," it said.
The new system will be introduced from April 1 this year.