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DTCP cancelled OC of around 50 illegal guesthouses in Gurugram majorly which are owned by OYO

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The department is conducting a survey of guesthouses in the city and the action was taken after random inspection of the facilities by the teams formed by the department.

In a major crackdown against illegal guesthouses in Gurugram, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) on Thursday cancelled occupation certificates (OC) of around 50 such facilities in Sushant Lok and DLF phases 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The guesthouses were operating on residential plots in violation of norms. According to the rules, residential plots and houses cannot be used for commercial purposes.

The department is conducting a survey of guesthouses in the city and the action was taken after random inspection of the facilities by the teams formed by the department. Most guesthouses against which action was taken by the department are being run by OYO.

According to DTCP, these properties were running commercial activities in residential buildings, causing loss to the state exchequer to the tune of several crores of rupees every year. As per the rules, commercial activities are not allowed in residential areas, be it licenced colonies that come under DTCP or plots in sectors falling under HSVP.

“The director of town and country planning has directed officials to keep strict vigil on the misuse of residential plots and unauthorised construction after getting OCs from the department. A surprise inspection was conducted by the department and OCs of 50 guesthouses, mostly operated by OYO, were cancelled,” said RS Batth, district town planner (DTP) of Gurugram.

He said the department had formed multiple teams and each teams have been assigned different areas. They have been also asked to check guesthouses in their areas. The action was taken against the guesthouses which were found to be violating the norms.

Last year, the DTCP had cancelled OCs of around 150 properties, of which papers of 100 houses were cancelled for carrying unauthorised construction. 

Batth said the department had come up with “a very good policy” for guesthouses and people had been urged to regularise their facilities under the new policy. He said the department has not received any application seeking regularisation of guesthouses under the new policy so far.

“At OYO Hotels & Homes, we are committed to provide quality affordable accommodations in accordance with the guidelines. OYO being a responsible corporate citizen respects applicable laws and regulations. Also, compliance is the top priority of OYO. We continue to engage with the authorities and stakeholders to resolve concerns, if any, in accordance with applicable regulations.”

Source: TNN

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