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MC to discuss fate of ‘illegal’hotels in Galliara on Sunday

Days after it sealed two small “illegal” hotels in Brahm Buta Market in the Galliara area, the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) is set to chalk out its future course of action on Sunday.

punjab Updated: Aug 08, 2015 22:14 IST
Shaheen P Parshad

Days after it sealed two small “illegal” hotels in Brahm Buta Market in the Galliara area, the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) is set to chalk out its future course of action on Sunday.

While the MC authorities are tight-lipped regarding the reasons behind calling the meeting on Sunday, civic body officials hinted that some significant action in this regard was likely in days to come.

The civic body, which has hitherto focused its attention on insignificant hotels in Galliara, has sought the list of 125 illegal edifices identified by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) and 72 others identified by the Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO).

PHRO principal investigator Sarabjit Singh Verka said he had received a letter to this effect from the office of the MC commissioner.

“This comes as a bit of a surprise to me. The MC commissioner has demanded the list of illegal hotels in the Galliara area from me, whereas the MC should have a list of their own,” he said.

Stating that he would prefer to submit the list in the court than handing over to the MC, Verka added that he would meet the municipal commissioner in this regard on Sunday.

However, MC commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal said: “The meeting has been called as the civic body is serious about dealing with illegal hotels in the Galliara area.”

Citing a Punjab and Haryana High Court order in this regard, he said, “The MC needs to chalk out further course of action in this regard.”

In the past few days, the MC had sealed not more than six illegal hotels in the Galliara area — all these being petty establishments.

According to PHRO office bearers, which had filed a PIL in the high court in this connection in 2010, there are as many as 200 illegal hotels in the Galliara area, including the ones owned by local politicians and kin of a judge of the apex court.