The Tirupati Chamber of Commerce (TCC) president, A. Manjunath, on Sunday said that the hotel industry suffered a severe blow due to the 18% GST on catering services. Speaking to the media on the occasion of its annual general body meeting here, he said that representation would be made to the State government to bring down the GST from 18% to 5% on the catering services.
He appealed to the government to bring in a liberal sand policy in the State as the current regulation had led to a doubling of the price. The restrictions also adversely impacted the livelihood of construction workers and the workforce in the allied wings. He said that the business community in Tirupati had been extending their cooperation to the civic body in curbing plastic use and maintaining cleanliness in the temple town. Earlier, about 100 members of the TCC donated blood, which would be given to the SVRR Government Hospital and the Maternity Hospital.