Deputy commissioner Yash Garg held a task force meeting on Tuesday and discussed issues related to mushrooming of illegal guesthouses in the city. “An inspection of the guesthouses will be done within a month. The government has already framed a policy regarding operations of guesthouses. Those following the policy will face legal action,” he said.
Sources said although there were around 2,500 guesthouses in the city, only 100 to 120 of them were approved by the competent authority. Most of the guesthouses are in licenced colonies such as DLF 1-3, Suncity, Palam Vihar, Sushant Lok, South City and sectors 45, 46 and 47.
According to the government’s latest policy, guesthouses are allowed on residential plots of 500 sq. yards to 1,500 sq yards. Even two plots of 500 sq yards or more clubbed together for constructing a facility will be approved. But there are many guesthouses in the city that are on plots measuring less than 200 sq yards.
District town planner RS Batth said the department was preparing an action plan to examine the guesthouses situated along the internal roads of licenced colonies. “Most of these guesthouses can be found in DLF areas, Sushant Lok 1 and South City 1 and 2. We have details of most of them. But after the recent amendment in policy, the department is updating its data on illegal guesthouses,” he added.
At the meeting, Garg told the officials to also conduct a joint drive by the DTCP, municipal corporation and DHBVN against illegal construction and encroachment in Saraswati Kunj before January 15. He also said that the departments must jointly work towards preventing illegal colonies from coming up on agricultural land in violation of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975. The departments concerned were also asked to ensure that multiple units are not developed on a single floor.
Last year, DTCP had identified around 1,000 illegal guesthouses running in licenced residential colonies.