Mussoorie, November 6
The Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) has started an investigation against 56 hotels for carrying out illegal construction and extension activity in Mussoorie. The hotels have been named by the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee (SCMC) in its report.

The SCMC had sought a detailed investigation from the MDDA following an anonymous complaint received by the Chairman of Mussoorie sub-committee, SCMC, Hugh Gantzer, in July, in which it was alleged that 56 hoteliers had constructed or extended their premises, violating the norms.
Gantzer, while talking to The Tribune, said he had received a complaint of this kind in July and brought it to the notice of the committee. Acting on it, he had asked the MDDA to investigate the matter thoroughly and initiate appropriate action if any laws have been violated.
He also said the MDDA had also been asked whether some residential houses had been converted into commercial entity without any permission from the authorities concerned as it would affect the carrying capacity of the town which would make a dent in the already depleting resources of the town such like drinking water.
He also revealed that the number of hotels involved in the illegal construction could increase to 125 as mentioned by an anonymous caller, who had promised to furnish the details in near future in this regard.
The Executive Engineer, MDDA, SM Sharma, the MDDA had received a letter from the SCMC and the authority had already initiated action against some of the hoteliers. In the case of the others hoteliers, the investigation was on and action would be initiated after the complete report and would be submitted to the SCMC within a week.
Local residents have welcomed the move and are of the view that a strict action should be initiated, especially against those who have violated the norms in order to send a clear message to the perpetrators. They also demanded that the norms should be relaxed in the case of the residential complexes due to the housing crisis in the town. 

Ajay Ramola, The Tribune News, Dehradun Edition

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