There is no dearth of Paid Guests (PG) services in Chandigarh but it is indeed shocking that in a city like Chandigarh, more than 500 PGs are running without mandatory registration and police verification. Though the UT Administration (Chandigarh) had formed a policy for paying guests (PG) in August 2006 but the Police-administration appears to be reluctant to take strict action against the PG operator/owners.
What is the PG (Paid Guest) policy in Chandigarh?
The Chandigarh Administration had formed a policy for PGs in 2006. Over the period of time, several amendments were made in this PG policy. As per the PG policy that was formed by the UT administration, a Paid Guest (PG) can only be operated in the houses that measure seven and a half marla or above in dimension in Chandigarh. Despite the PG police, many people in Chandigarh are running PGs in even 5, 6 and 7 marla houses. Even the Chandigarh Estate Office is not taking any action against these PG owners. Such negligence by police as well as by the administration is one of the reasons why sometimes it becomes difficult to find accused fugitives in the city.
These sectors have maximum PGs in Chandigarh
According to the report, currently, there are more than 500 PGs in Chandigarh. Surprisingly only 20 PGs are registered in the Estate Office while rest of the PGs are running in an unlawful way.
Sectors in Chandigarh that have the largest density of PGs include Sector-7, 8, 10, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 35, 36, 37, 40, 42 and 44. Thousands of paid guests reside in these sectors without registration and police verification. In order to double their profits, most of the owners pack 4-5 beds in a single room and earn more, especially from students. Due to no check on working of PGs, the owners charge arbitrarily.
PGs in Chandigarh Operational Without Police Verification and Registration
Most of the PGs in Chandigarh are occupied by college students and coaching students who have enrolled themselves in different colleges in and around Chandigarh and coaching centers in the city. Some of the PGs are also being run in the colonies, housing boards houses and cheap house in Chandigarh. As per the rules, it is obligatory to register the PG before starting the PG facility, but no rules are being followed due to the negligence of the administration.
Source: Amar Ujala