HUBBALLI: Ashraf Ali, the 63-year-old owner of Hotel Metropolis, is credited with inspiring his competitors in the city to offer their lodgings as quarantine centres.
Ahraf Ali not only offered a part of his sprawling hotel on Koppikar Road for housing the quarantined people, but he’s also giving free food to healthcare workers and people put under quarantine in other hotels in the city.
Hotel Metropolis has been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner since April 2 to over 400 people put under quarantine across Hubballi.
On March 24, Hubballi Times reported that Ashraf Ali had submitted a letter to Dharwad Deputy Commissioner Deepa Cholan, offering his hotel to the administration during the period of lockdown. The authorities readily accepted the offer.
Prabhu Biradar, heath officer, Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation, acknowledged Ashraf Ali’s contribution, saying he was the first to offer his hotel as a quarantine centre.
But Ashraf Ali didn’t rest on giving the hotel. He’s leading from the front, monitoring the whole process. He oversees the food preparation and distribution, and ensures that the quarantined people eat well and enjoy their stay.
At Hotel Metropolis, the food preparation isn’t a mundane affair. Medical professionals monitor the process and ensure hygiene.
The hotel has also been thermally screening its workers to ensure everyone stays safe.