Tightening the noose on those running illegal paying guest accomodations in the city, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has made it mandatory for a PG owner to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Resident Welfare Association (RWA) in the area.
As per the amended policy notified by GMADA earlier this month, in case there is no registered RWA in the area, the NOC needs to be obtained from the immediate neighbours.
There are about 600 PG accommodations running in the city, with only seven of them being registered, and even these would have to get their registrations renewed.
Further, the new notification has made it mandatory to take permission from GMADA to set up a PG accommodation. Those wanting to run a PG will need to pay `10,000 as processing fee for three-year permission to run a PG accommodation.
Thereafter, the applicant would have to get the permission renewed every three years. A list of authorised applicants will be put up on GMADA’s website, and only these will be allowed to operate PGs.
Besides, the area of the house to be used as a PG accommodation cannot be less than 7.5 marla, and part of it should be used by the owner himself. Also, the residential accommodation needs to be sanctioned as per building bylaws, and unauthorised construction should not have taken place after the grant of completion certificate.
Moreover, the owners will have to display the list of those living as PGs and the tariff plan alongside. Those from GMADA or the estate office can at anytime hold inspections at the accommodations. Commenting on the change in policy, GMADA chief administrator AK Sinha said, “We have held several meetings with the police and residents, following which we have come up with these amendments. The policy is based on the one applicable in Chandigarh.”
Unruly behaviour to be dealt with
Taking a strict note of the nuisance created by those living as PGs, the amended policy states that even their parents or guardians will be held accountable for any unruly behaviour shown by occupants.
The notification warns the occupants against indulging in any disorderly activities leading to breach of peace, disruptions in the civil and social atmosphere, or affecting the rights of the other residents of the locality, failing which police action can be initiated and the registration of the PG can also be cancelled.