Gurgaon residents complain of unauthorised PGs eating into civic amenities

The issue came to fore recently after a PG owner in Gurgaon allegedly pushed a tenant to his death from the fifth floor of DLF Phase-3 building.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 10, 2017 23:16 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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Unauthorised paying guest (PGs) accommodations operating from multi-storey houses in Block U of DLF Phase-3 area. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

The district administration has failed to check unauthorised paying guest houses (PGs) despite repeated complaints of fights among owners of such PGs and their neighbours.

The city has more than 3,000 unauthorised PGs in residential areas in licensed areas, nearby villages and in Huda sectors.

The issue of illegal PGs came to fore again after a PG owner allegedly pushed a 20-year-old tenant, Ramesh Bisht, to his death from the fifth floor in DLF Phase-3 on Wednesday night. The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) is yet to seal the premises even though the police complaint mentioned the premises as a PG accommodation.

The incident has caused resentment among residents. They said that PGs in residential areas use up civic facilities such as water, sewer, electricity, which often leads fights among neighbours.

“In DLF Phase-2, there was a fight between a PG owner and neighbour on Monday. We had to intervene to settle the matter and decided to give a representation to MCG and the District Town Planning (DTP) department,” said Abhey Poonia, a resident of Suncity.

The DTP has not yet sealed PGs in licensed areas and the MCG has failed to so in its jurisdiction. “I have appealed all residents to immediately lodge complaints if they notice a PG is operating in nearby houses. We are compiling a list of illegal PGs in licensed colonies and will put it up before the competent authorities. We want Haryana government to form rules for this,” said RS Rathee, president of Qutub Enclave residents’ welfare association (QERWA).

Amit Mehdolia, assistant town planner, said, “We will launch a drive against PGs and other commercial activities in residential areas. We have sealed several such premises in the past, but the owners managed to get a stay against our action, citing jurisdiction issues.”

The MCG can take action against PGs under the Haryana Municipal Act 1994, while DTP Enforcement can seal them under Haryana Development of Urban Areas Act 1975.

Sudhir Chauhan, senior town planner (MCG), said, “The MCG has removed erring officials after the  incident in the PG in DLF Phase-3. It has also sent notices to illegal PGs.”

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 23:16 IST