Acting on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) on Monday issued an order for the closure of 123 illegal guesthouses, motels and hotels operating in UT villages.
As per the orders, if the owners fail to close down these units, the civic body will start sealing them from December 3.
MC joint commissioner Rajeev Gupta said the orders had been issued after several notices, under the Chandigarh Administration Rules, 2006 (erection and re-erection of building).
According to the order, the MC had asked the owners to submit revised building plans, failing which parts of buildings constructed in violation of the rules would be demolished.
He said, “Action has been initiated as per the building bylaws. However, the UT administration is framing new bylaws and objections to those bylaws have been sought. As per the new rules, commercial use of buildings shall be restricted to the ground floor.”
After the civic body failed to comply with the directives of the high court, a contempt petition was filed last year, seeking action against the authorities.
After perusing the contempt petition, the HC had asked the MC to comply with the orders issued in 2004, when it had diretced the closure of all illegal guesthouses and hotels.
As many as 123 guesthouses and hotels have been constructed in violation of building bylaws in the past two decades.The guesthouses are primarily located in Manimajra, Palsora, Hallomajra, Dadumajra, Burail, Kajheri and Attawa.
A majority of them are in Attawa, Burail and Kajheri.
Jasbir Singh Bunty, general secretary, Village Guest House Association, Chandigarh, said the association would approach the high court again. “We request the MC to allow us to operate till the new bylaws are formed and notified. Moreover, we are ready to pay the conversion fee.” Three years back, the civic body prepared a report on the violations of these guesthouses and hotels.
The report stated that most of them are multi-storey buildings constructed with basements.
Dingy rooms, lack of implementation of fire-safety norms and loose electricity wires are some of the common problems in these guesthouses.