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RMC lens on capital lodges

Two teams of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC), formed to check if hostels and lodges running across the state capital were following norms, have now shifted their focus to flats doing the same business without permission from the civic body.

Set up on April 19, crack teams have already inspected 20 of the 57 registered private lodges and hostels.

One, comprising municipal officials Kumar Rajesh, Munishwar Hembrom and Nagendra Dubey, raided those in ward Nos. 1 to 29, while the other of Surendra Jha, Vinay Kumar and Onkar Pandey inspected ward Nos. 30 to 55.

Most were found to offer “satisfactory” or “near satisfactory” facilities such as water, power, airy rooms and security.

Pleased with the findings so far, the civic officials have now decided to zero in on flats, which have illegally been turned into hostels and lodges without RMC’s permission.

An RMC official said after the initial drives, officials believed that the remaining registered hostels and lodges were also abiding by the civic guidelines. Rough estimates say there are over 1,000 hostels and lodges in the city, of which only 57 are registered and another 311 have applied for licences. “Around 600 are running illegally,” said a civic official.

Dubey, member of a crackdown team, said they would inspect 311 lodges and hostels that applied for licences.

Subsequently, the teams will crack down on those that have not sought permission.