Illegal commercial operation by hoteliers in Pahalgam

ANANTNAG : Tourism department has imposed fine on many hoteliers in Yanner area of Pahalgam for carrying out the commercial operations illegally.

A team of tourism department headed by assistant director tourism, Pahalgam, Zahida Parveen, raided at least ten hotels, huts and guest houses operating illegally and imposed fine on all of them.

“The owners of all these commercial establishments failed to produce the registration or any other relevant document after which we imposed fine on them,” Parveen told Kashmir Reader. She said that a fine of about Rs 10000 was imposed on the hoteliers found operating in violation of the law.
“We gave them some time for producing the documents. And if they fail to do so and carry on their illegal commercial operation we will go for further action as per the law. The structures may be sealed next time,” she added.
Hundreds of commercial structures have come up in the area on the banks of Lidder river during last several years. Though in 2013 the area was brought under the ambit of Pahalgam development authority but the constructions continued to come up there under the nose of PDA officials.