The UT administration sealed eight hotels that were found violating building bylaws, fire-safety norms, excise and taxation guidelines and labour laws on Saturday.
Deputy commissioner (DC) Mohammed Shayin ordered the sealing of hotels after looking into a detailed report regarding the functioning of hotels following checks at more than 10 city hotels on December 25. The report was submitted to the DC about five days back.
The hotels that have been sealed are Green Hotel in Sector 19; Hotel Balaji, Jimmy hotel and Diamond Plaza in Sector 22; Welcome Residency in Sector 36; Sunview in Sector 35; Neelkamal hotel and Supreme hotel in Sector 7.
The hotels were checked by different teams led by three sub-divisional magistrates (SDM). The members of different departments such as estate office, excise and taxation, fire department and labour department were part of the teams led by SDM (central) Prince Dhawan, SDM (south) Kashish Mittal and SDM (east) Danish Ashraf.
The report prepared by inspecting officers suggested gross violations in the hotels. They were found violating the fire-safety norms, excise and taxation guidelines and were not even following the procedure to keep record of the health details of their employees.
The hotels were also understating the occupancy of the rooms to evade tax. A number of building violations were visible at the hotels — rooms constructed on terrace, under the stairs and kitchen not being properly maintained.
Even the mandatory fire-safety norms for hotels were not in place. Though there were fire extinguishers, they were not refilled. Smoke detectors and other requisite measures were missing. No record of taxes was being maintained and there were a couple of hotels that did not even have a TIN (tax identification number) which is must to run a business.
Mittal said checks were made to check violations of building bylaws, fire-safety measures, labour laws, VAT and tax compliance. The record of entries and check out of customers and their ID proofs were also checked.
What were the violations?
Rooms constructed without getting building plans sanctioned.
Fire extinguishers not refilled.
Hoteliers indulging in child labour.
Evading tax by not maintaining register of occupancy at hotels.