Over 450 PGs, hotels & lodges without permit face closure
More than 450 paying guest accommodations, hotels and lodges operating mostly in the city’s upscale areas — DLF phases, Sushant Lok, South City and Suncity — without a permit are staring at closure if they fail to produce relevant documents in a week.
MCG’s joint commissioner Hari Om Atri told media a total of 650 properties in zone 3 have been found to be used for commercial purposes in contravention of Haryana Municipal Corporation Act 1994, in a survey carried out by the civic body. Zone 3 is home to the maximum number of PGs in the city.
“To start with, we have served notices to around 450 such illegal properties in DLF phases I-V, Sushant Lok, South City and Suncity. We have asked these owners to either stop commercial activities or produce permissions to carry out the same,” he said.
If the property owners can’t produce relevant documents — such as title deed, permission of conversion of land use, sanctioned building plan or a court order — within a week, Atri said, the MCG may raze the illegal structures and recover the cost from them.
Meanwhile, local residents allege that the corporation staff hardly check if anyone is constructing buildings, flouting the norms or using it for commercial purpose illegally. “They are hand-in-glove with property owners,” a resident claimed.