One of the country’s biggest hotel conglomerates has come out in support of the general public and healthcare workers, doing as much as they can in this pandemic. ITC Hotels across seven cities have stepped forward to India’s aid with food distribution drives as well as converting their properties into quarantine facilities.
In New Delhi, the ITC Maurya and Sheraton have been providing over 1,500 meals a day for migrant workers. The ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru is sending out 1,000 packets of food daily for 15 days, i.e., 15,000 meals, lending a helping hand to the Municipal Corporation there. Similarly, the Fortune Hotel in Lucknow is providing more than 1,000 meals a day in the city. And ITC Grand Central is delivering meals for doctors in the MG Hospital as well as catering food to doctors at the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital. Food programmes like these are also in the works for Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Chennai, and will be rolled out soon.
Along with the food aid, they’ve also contributed shower caps and sanitisers from the ITC properties in Goa and Jaipur. ITC Maratha, Mumbai, is one of the hotels chosen by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation to be utilised for quarantine services. The hotel group is also working with local authorities and embassies to make quarantine facilities available at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, and ITC Kohenur, Hyderabad. They wish to do this to help with the stopover of asymptomatic international travellers.
A brave initiative during times when it’s difficult for everyone, kudos to ITC Hotels for taking such big steps.
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