Notwithstanding a standard policy for having a paying guest (PG) accommodation in the city, few of these houses are registered with the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).
According to a rough estimate, there are nearly 1,000 PG houses running in SAS Nagar but only 20 are registered with the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority.
Nothing concrete is being done to curb mushrooming of such unauthorised PGs besides registrations of FIRs by police and issuance of show-cause notice by GMADA.
After every two or three months, police wake up from their slumber and hold drives against illegal PG houses but after a few days, it again business as usual.
Commenting on the issue, GMADA chief administrator AK Sinha said, “There is standard policy for registration of a PG, and we are open for registration. Anyone who complies with the norms can get his/her PG registered.”
He also added GMADA could not force anyone to register their accommodations, but drives were being carried out to curb their growing number.
On the other hand, police show their inability to handle the growing number, saying they could not do anything besides holding raids and registering cases against unauthorised PG house owners. However, they can’t be asked to shut down their PGs, state police.
Speaking to HT, a senior police officer said, “Raids are being held to curb the number but they cannot be asked to shut down, as any kind of decision on this part has to be taken by the administration.”
WHY LOCALS DON’T REGISTER PGs?
As per GMADA officials, those running PGs need to pay taxes as applicable on a commercial property and electricity charges will also need to be paid as per the commercial rates. GMADA estate officer Rajdeep Kaur said, “Locals don’t comply as per the norms and are not ready to pay taxes, which is why they don’t register themselves. We are already in process of issuing show-cause notices and those found guilty will face closure of their PGs.”