Scores of residents gathered at Sector 40 park on Sunday to stage a silent protest demonstration against the illegal operation of guest houses and paying guests (PG) in the sector. Even women, children,and senior citizens came out with placards in their hands and slogans on their lips.
The protesters were demanding closure of all illegal establishments in the sector. They visited buildings where illegal PGs and a guest houses was operating in the area.
They alleged that despite several complaints to Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) and Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) nothing has been done to ameliorate their grievances.
RS Yadav, RWA president, said, “Around 40 such PGs and guest houses are operational in the sector causing nuisance for the residents living here. These guest houses are being run in complete violation of building plan norms. Strict action must be taken against those running these PGs and guest houses.”
The residents are disappointed with the authorities turning a blind eye to the issue. “The authority is doing nothing to close such establishments in the area. It is an irony that one of the guest houses is owned by a former government employee. If the government officials are indulging in illegal activity like this then how will they implement rules and regulations,” Yadav lemanted.
The residents said constant movement of cabs around the sector pose threat to the safety and security of the denizens. They alleged that the people living in the PGs often create ruckus after consuming alcohol.
“We have time and against raised our complaints with the concerned government agencies but in vain. Now, we are left with no option but to protest against theses illegal guest houses. Due to these guest houses and PGs, there is load on infrastructure especially power, road, water and sewer. In summers, frequent cases of transformer bursting due to overloading were reported. The sector is not developed to cater such large population,” said NK Bansal, another RWA member.
Notably, last year, the RWA also filed a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) for allowing such establishment operating in the sector. The next hearing on the case is on January 9, 2020.