Illegal Noida PGs, Hotels To Be Sealed After April
Hotels, paying guest (PG) accommodations and guest houses operating in Noida without a licence are staring at closure if they fail to get themselves registered with the city authority by April-end. According to media reports, the Noida Authority has issued notices to about 150 such facilities in the city, which is home to a large number of students and professionals employed in its thriving information technology market.
Those working in the national capital also chose Noida as a place of their residence for the sheer affordability it offers them in comparison. A large number of hotels, PGs and guest houses have mushroomed in the city without any registration which provide short-and-long-term staying facilities to people without carrying out any verification of the guests. The key objective of the drive, says the Noida Authority, is to ensure better law and order in the city as such establishments are often used by anti-social elements as hideouts.
To make sure Noida is safer, the city authority has also requested the public to notify about such establishments that are running in Noida without licences. Those who have information about such establishment could call the district magistrate control room. These helping hands are assured confidentiality in return.
“We have sent notices multiple times to all these 150 establishments to register themselves. As per the law, if the owner fails to register himself even after three notices, we can seal the property. We will wait till April 30, and then start the procedure for such hotels, lodges and PGs,” Noida Magistrate Mahindra Singh was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.
So far, 30 of the owners who received the notices have approached the city administration for registration. Action against those who fail to register themselves will be initiated under the Sarais Act, 1867. Official data show there are only 37 registered hotels and guest houses in Noida.