Paying guest accommodations have mushroomed across Gurgaon and residents say they have become one of the biggest social nuisance in the city.
They say such accommodations are commercial use of residential properties and are in gross violation of urban laws. Residents also allege that the authorities have turned a blind eye to the issue. They say PGs also put strain on the existing infrastructure.
Smaller PG accommodations have at least about six to eight rooms while the bigger ones have about 12 to 15 rooms. Consequently, they put pressure on the basic amenities of the society. Water supply is the most affected as the supply fails to meet the increased demand during summers.
Pooja Malik, a resident of Sector 14, says, “There is a constant water crisis in my home during summers. All households and PGs on the top floor of my building use a lot of water.”
Parking is another problem residents are grappling with. “There is no parking space left when I reach home. The saddest part is that I am a permanent resident who is facing this problem” says Vistor Yadav, a resident of Sector 31.
Residents say the paying guests take too much liberty and do not obey the law. “There are boys who come to meet girls and they engage in indecent activities. They talk till late in the night on the lanes of the sector. When security guards question them, the boys do not cooperate,” says an elderly member of Sector 14 RWA on condition of anonymity.
“Visitors stand on the roads and talk for hours. I feel this should not be allowed in residential areas,” says RK Yadav, a resident of Block B, South City I.
“Their cars are almost always parked on the roads which is an inconvenience for other commuters,” he added.
Residents of Block U, DLF Phase III, are also a disturbed lot. They feel people living in PGs put them in embarrassing situations in front of their children and fear that the children might pick up bad habits.
According to the officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, the total number of such PGs remains unknown but an estimate puts the number of such sites over 1,500.
V Umashankar, MCG commissioner, told City Spidey, “We are carrying out a survey of all illegal constructions as per the orders of the Chandigarh High Court on March 21. After that the court will schedule the demolition of such sites.”
TAGS: Paying Guest / Urban laws / Water supply / Power supply / HUDA / MCG / Gurgaon / Sector 14 / Sector 31 / South City I / DLF Phase III