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Move to regulate private hostels

IF ALL goes well, no hostel could be run in the City without permission of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC). This permission would come with a cost. The BMC would charge Rs 100 for every 100 square feet area per year and also fine Rs 2000 for violation of the rules.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 01:03 IST

IF ALL goes well, no hostel could be run in the City without permission of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC). This permission would come with a cost. The BMC would charge Rs 100 for every 100 square feet area per year and also fine Rs 2000 for violation of the rules.

There are other punitive provisions in case someone found running hostels without permission. The BMC has prepared by-laws for hostels that

would benefit students coming from other cities to study here. The BMC administration has proposed the by-laws on the basis of Municipal Corporation Act of Haryana. After approval by the Mayor-in-Council (MiC), the proposal would be discussed by the BMC council in its next meeting.

Officials believe that this would help regulate hostels being run all over the City. The private houses rented out for hostels would also come under purview of the proposed by-laws. Even for renting out rooms to students the house owner will have to take BMC permission.

It is proposed that one student should be given about 50 square feet of space to live. Thus, three students could be lodged in a room of 150 square feet.

Besides, at least one window of six square feet should be there in the room for ventilation. For every three students, a toilet and a bathroom should be provided.

In case the building is more than three-storied, lift should be provided for the hostel. Up to three-story hostel building, there should be 2.5 feet wide stairs. Arrangement of electricity and water would also be checked prior to permission.
According to these by-laws, the BMC commissioner would authorise any officer to grant permission for hostels.

Application for permission could be given to the zonal officers. This permission would be given for a period of one year. Afterwards, the permission would be renewed.

There should be no property tax dues on such buildings. The hostel owner will also be responsible for registering all the information regarding the hostellers. The hostel owner will have to make separate arrangement for hostellers infected with any contagious disease.