A hostel near Lalpur Chowk in Ranchi. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Wednesday sought to remind all men’s and women’s hostels and lodges in the city about the rules that they ought to follow to ensure safety of boarders.
The civic body published a notice, specifying the dos and don’ts, in newspapers.
According to the existing rules, owners/proprietors of all hostels and lodges must put up signboards outside their premises. The boards must mention the name of the accommodation facility, name of its owner/director/manager or warden and his or her contact number in bold letters.
Besides, it is mandatory for hostels and lodges to set up CCTV cameras at entrance or reception counter. The notice also asks all licensed hostels and lodges to submit names of owners, contact numbers, available safety arrangements and names of boarders to the municipal body within 10 days of publication of the notice.
Chief executive officer (CEO) of RMC Deepankar Panda said although these rules had been in place for some time now, very few hostels and lodges actually followed it, citing ignorance.
“This time, we made it a point to intimate about the rules through the print media so that no lodge or hostel owner can again come with the excuse that he or she did not know about it. The owners have been given enough time to make the requisite arrangements as RMC teams would go for inspections only after the festive season,” he said.
The RMC notice also touches on the licence issues, saying that to obtain the permission to operate lodges or hostels in the city, one needs to strictly follow the criteria set by the government.
2011, the municipal body had made it mandatory for all hostels and lodges to obtain licences from it.
The criteria are that the accommodation facility should have enough space besides electricity, water and fire-fighting arrangements.
There should be provisions to handle emergencies, parking and waste management facilities, separate toilets for men and women et al. If cooking space is provided to boarders, all pollution norms should be followed.
“Hostels and lodges, which are yet to apply for licences, can obtain the same by October 27,” Panda said.