Finally waking up to the growing menace of illegal paying guest (PG) accommodations in SAS Nagar, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has decided to crack its whip against those operating illegally.
To ensure compliance of GMADA's policy on regulating the PG accommodations, the authority has decided that action would be taken not only against the residents but also against its own officials if they fail to initiate corrective measures against the errant PG operators. The failure on part of GMADA to ensure effective implementation of the PG policy is evident from the fact that SAS Nagar has about 400 operational PGs, but GMADA has only 221 in its list. The irony is that of these 221 PGs also, only eight are registered with GMADA even when registration is mandatory.
"There are only eight registered PGs in SAS Nagar as per our records, rest all are illegal and will have to be closed down," said AK Sinha, chief administrator, GMADA.
Sinha added: "All the PGs are being granted 15 days for registration after fulfilling all the norms and conditions. We are not allowing any unregistered PG services to operate and after 15 days, all these will be closed down. Those found running them without registration will have to face action, including resumption of their building."
"GMADA had framed a policy in 2008, which had not been implemented. This resulted in the mushrooming of illegal PG accommodations. I have made it clear that officials found lax in implementing the policy too would face action," said Sinha, while asserting that no callousness to implement to policy would be tolerated.
GMADA's PG policy entails
Mandatory registration of PGs
Houses of 8 marlas and above can be converted into PGs
Tariffs have to be displayed
One toilet/bath to be shared by five people only
At least 50 square feet space for every person
Landlord has to be staying on the premises
Adequate parking space