Homestay classification at snail's pace; fingers point at laxity of local bodies

Reshma Bhaskaran

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Kochi: The classification process of homestays in Kerala as per the tourism department’s mandates is getting prolonged and those involved in the spectrum are blaming the local bodies for this.

Out of the 2,600 homestays in the state, only 676 come under the ambit of the tourism department's classification mandate. But, the process is getting delayed due to the laxity of local bodies. This challenges the tourism department’s efforts to brand the homestay facility in the state.

The objective of the tourism department is to approve and classify the homestays into Diamond, Gold and Silver houses. The tourism department has decided to introduce the classification with an aim to ensure that homestays are operated abiding by the rules. Each homestay will be classified on the basis of its amenities. The department has been collecting a fee from the homestays for the classification.

The parties operating the homestays need to submit eight documents for classification (or reclassification at a later stage). Documents including ownership certificate and residence certificate should be submitted. It is alleged that the officials concerned are delaying the issuance of such certificates.

Apart from the certificates, the plan of the house prepared by authorised parties should be submitted. An existing copy will not be considered and a fresh plan must be submitted. This will cost around Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000.

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