: The resident welfare association (RWA) of Sector 40 has filed a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking direction to the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) to shut guest houses operating illegally in the sector. They claimed it led to unauthorised parking and noise pollution.
The high court heard the matter on November 15 and fixed the next date of hearing for February
2019. The court, meanwhile, has sent notices to all departments concerned in the Haryana government seeking reply.
The association in its petition said that HSVP plot allotment rules do not permit guest houses and other commercial activities but owners of many such plots have rented out their buildings to third parties illegally in connivance with the local authority.
The association said that the guest houses invite large number of cars and vehicles carrying goods and they occupy road space inside the sector causing inconvenience to neighbours.
RS Yadav, RWA president, said, “We lodged a complaint with the CM Window in June, which asked local HSVP authority to take action. The local authorities remained silent and we had no option but to move the high court to check nuisance of guest houses, that are not allowed in residential sectors.”
“Under section 17 (3) of HSVP Act of 1977, the HSVP can seal the accommodation. But the authority is not exercising this power at all that is strange and we have sought court’s intervention,” said Yadav.
“We will act definitely as per the court direction,” said Chander Shekhar Kahre, administrator HSVP.
The association said there are
15 guest houses in sector 40 that are run without any permission.
“I am soon to file a PIL in high court over illegal guest houses in the city as it is emerging as a big nuisance to law abiding residents,” said SK Sharma, RTI activist, adding that sectors such as 28, 30, 31, 32, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43,44,
45, 46, 51, 52, 56 and others have many such illegal guest houses.