The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Punjab government as well as Amritsar municipal corporation to submit the report as to what action had been taken against the erring officials responsible for allowing hotels and guest houses violating municipal building by-laws on the periphery of Galiara project near Harmandar Sahib and delaying action against such hotels.
The directions came from the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih on a public interest litigation filed by Sarbjit Singh, challenging illegal constructions in the vicinity of Golden Temple.
During the hearing of the case, when the court was informed that though the buildings were granted to run commercial operations but there was no permission to run hotels, the court directed the authorities to take action against illegal hotels under MC Act and Sarai Act.
However, the court allowed one month more time to the municipal corporation to invite objections from the general public to declare the area as no hotel zone.
Appearing for the corporation, advocate Sandeep Khunger had informed the court that the corporation had on August 23 issued public notices seeking objections till September 22. He also submitted that after dealing with the objections, the report would be sent to the state government for notification and thereafter if any hotel continues to operate in the area, it would be sealed.
The court has now adjourned the case for October 30 for next hearing.