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Several Paharganj guest houses facing sealing threat

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NEW DELHI: About 100 guesthouses in Paharganj here have been issued sealing notices by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for failing to meet certain criteria. The civic body has claimed that failure to reply within a time frame of three days would attract sealing action by the civic body.

Guest houses that have been served notices include those that have been constructed illegally without any sanctioned building plan or are above 15 meters in height. Also, owners who have not yet paid conversion charges to the MCD have also been served notices.

There are about 400 guest houses in Sadar Paharganj area that are thronged by tourists and officials claimed that though a number of illegally constructed guest houses among these 400 could have been regularised, the owners failed to come forward for it.

A senior civic body official said: “There are a number of guest house owners whose buildings cross the permissible limit of 15 metres. There are other guest houses also which still don't have the mandatory health licence. We have served notices to them and if they fail to reply we will take action against them.”

However, traders claim that the MCD has been “harassing them unnecessarily” despite having fulfilled all formalities. Delhi Hotel Sangh general secretary Arun Gupta said: “The officials are deliberately trying to scare guest house owners. We have all the requisite permissions and have submitted all our documents online too. If buildings cannot be constructed above 15 metres why didn't they take action earlier? We will oppose this move.”

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