In 2015 BBMP shifted all the PG accommodations with more than 12 paying guests under the commercial buildings bracket.
Bangalore, February 1, 2018:
Many paying guest facilities (PGs) in Vasanthnagar area in Bangalore do not have trade licenses and are also violating the rules set up by the BBMP to ensure safety of paying guests.
The laws on PGs became strict in 2014 when a 23-year-old techie was raped in her paying guest accommodation.
Nandini Menasagi says, “The place they are providing and the amount they are charging is not proportionate. They charge five to six thousand for a space of just one cot. Even after you are paying a lot you don’t get to live in a spacious room. We have CCTV’s but I don’t know till what extent they are working.”
“The reason why PGs should have license is because a PG is taking care of the girls staying there so it is very important to be authorized otherwise a lot of illegal things can happen,” says Abhishek Hasija, owner of VV paying guest, Vasanthnagar.
In 2015 BBMP shifted all the PG accommodations with more than 12 paying guests under the commercial buildings bracket. This means that all PGs must take trade licenses from BBMP health Officers.
BBMP, however, still doesn’t know how many PGs are there in the city.
BBMP health officer, Dr.M.N.Lokesh says, “PGs are doing a trade which is a serious issue. We have registered thousands of PGs till now. The inmates of the PGs should get the clarification done before taking a room whether the PG has a license. This is a collective responsibility.
BBMP has, however, registered only 554 PGs in 2017. They say the data for previous years is not available.