Five months on, yet no regulations for PG accommodations
The issue pertaining to regulating paying guest (PG) accommodations in the city seems to have become a football among the officials of the UT administration at least for the past five months.chandigarh Updated: Apr 29, 2013 23:36 IST
The issue pertaining to regulating paying guest (PG) accommodations in the city seems to have become a football among the officials of the UT administration at least for the past five months.
Though the UT estate office had initiated a move to regulate PG accommodations around five months ago by proposing changes in the existing guidelines, the file moved for proposed amendments has been shuttling from one office to another, with remarks by one official or the other.
The estate office had proposed to allow PG accommodation only in houses of 1 kanal or above. According to existing guidelines, houses above 7.5 marla are allowed to keep paying guests. Showing scant regards to the rules, a large number of PGs are operating in houses smaller than the prescribed limit.
The change was proposed to address the problem of traffic congestion caused by lack of parking space in such accommodations.
According to sources, majority of PG accommodations do not have required space to accommodate vehicles belonging to those residing as paying guests. With little parking space, the vehicles are parked on both sides of the roads near the PGs, resulting in obstruction of traffic flow, leading to chaos.
Over the years, the authorities have also failed to define the term paying guest and distinguishing it from the term tenant with an aim to putting a check on the menace of paying guest accommodation in the city. In the absence of clear definition of paying guest, the administration has failed to frame proper guidelines for cracking whip on illegal paying accommodations.
There are around 500 PG accommodations in the city spread in Sectors 10, 11, 15, 21, 22, 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37. However, according to official records, only seven PG accommodations are registered with the estate office till now.
On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court last year, the estate office swung into action and launched a drive against illegal paying guest accommodations in the city, which proved ineffective in the wake of lax rules.
At present, the estate office has been treating accommodations as paying guest in which food is being provided to the occupants by the landlord. In many cases, the occupants eat outside, which makes it difficult for the authorities concerned to act against such accommodations.
Despite repeated attempts, UT finance secretary VK Singh was not available for comment.