Noida home to 246 illegal hotels, survey reveals

At least 246 hotels and guest houses across the city are illegal and operating in violation of rules, a survey conducted by the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration has revealed. The administration has issued notices to the owners of all these properties.

Mahendra Kumar Singh, city magistrate, Noida, said, “We have identified 246 illegal establishments so far and served notices to their owners. The identification process is still underway. The owners of these establishments have failing to get them registered as they do not have required NOCs.”

Officials said that to get themselves registered under the Sarai Act 1867, one has to furnish a no-objection certificate from the fire department, an occupancy certificate from the Noida authority and a building map sanction, according to the building bylaws.

The administration had, in March this year, started issuing notices to owners of illegal hotels and guest houses.

In the first month, it had served notices to 37 units and warned them of sealing if they failed to get the registration done as per law.

Meanwhile, the Noida authority said there were around 500 illegal hotels and guest houses in Noida.

“We have come to know that many illegal properties are operational in residential, industrial and village areas in Noida. We will act against each one of these properties. A hotel or guest house is illegal if it is not operational on a commercial land,” a Noida authority official, who is not authorised to speak to the media, said.

“In case of fire, help will not be able to reach these buildings, because they do not have setback area and the required space for fire tenders to move around. Also, an unregistered establishment can allow accommodation to any traveller and the police will not have any details about it,” the Noida authority official said.

Despite repeated attempts, Noida authority chief executive officer Alok Tandon was unavailable for comment on the issue.

First Published: Aug 18, 2018 04:57 IST

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