Nov 29, 2008

India - Ratan Tata visits Taj

Mumbai: Tata Group Chief Ratan Tata on Saturday visited the Taj Hotel shortly after three terrorists were gunned down by the National Security Guards in the fresh gunbattle early on Saturday morning to take stock of the land-mark building.
He was accompanied by senior officials of the Taj Hotel, including Krishna Kumar, and surveyed the complex that include a heritage block that was devastated by fires at many places set off during the gunbattle between ultras and the security guards.
The 529-room Taj Hotel was the centre of deadly 60-hour long militant attack on the financial capital of India.
After fire erupted from some portions of ground, first and second floors, at least three fire tenders were pushed in to douse the flames.
Many prominent business personalities and corporate executives, including Yes Bank Chairman Ashok Kapur, Sunil Parekh and developer Pankaj Shah, were killed during the terrorist attack at many points at Taj and another luxury hotel Oberoi (Trident).
When contacted, Taj spokesperson said “some representatives of hotel have been allowed to go in but Mr Tata is still outside”.
“We must stand together, shoulder to shoulder as citizens of India, and rebuild what has been destroyed. We must show that we cannot be disabled or destroyed, but that such heinous act will only make us stronger,” he had said after the terrorists hit Mumbai.

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