Tough to say when Taj operation gets over: Tata hotels VP

Tough to say when Taj operation gets over: Tata hotels VP

Mumbai: In an interview to CNBC 18, vice chairman of Tata Group’s Indian Hotels, which owns the under-terror-attack Hotel Taj Mahal at Apollo Bunder, R K Krishna Kumar said it is tough to say when the operation to flush out the terrorists would get over.

At least 101 people, including a foreign tourist and a top counter-terror officer, were killed and about 287 injured as terrorists struck in the heart of Mumbai in planned and synchronized attacks.

Terrorists were reported to be holding people hostage in two five-star hotels, the Taj and Trident (formerly Oberoi) facing the waterfront across the Arabian Sea, and the Madam Cama Hostel.

Kumar said they have not been able to able to determine exact casualty but it could be in the region of 50–60 people, adding that the army now has control of the hotel.

"The first attack took place on the heritage wing [of the Taj Hotel] and then on the tower block," Kumar said.

Kumar added that the family of the hotel’s senior management was caught in the fire and some of the hotel’s staff including five chefs lost their lives.

Kumar said he has been in touch with Tata Chief Ratan Tata. "He is standing by to visit," he said.