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To prepare for the 2010 Commonwealth Games,the Capital may have registered over 1,400 properties under its ‘Bed and Breakfast’ scheme so far...

To prepare for the 2010 Commonwealth Games,the Capital may have registered over 1,400 properties under its ‘Bed and Breakfast’ scheme so far,but the Delhi government has decided to amend rules and regulations regarding ownership of properties in the act,which allows registration of B&B homes in the Capital.

According to Delhi government officials,while the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Incredible India) Bed and Breakfast Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act 2007 has strict rules in terms of the conduct of the owner running the B&B home,there is no provision to keep a check on the residential status of the property or the true ownership of the property.

“We noticed that many properties that were being registered for the scheme were mired in legal cases regarding ownership,” said a Delhi government official. “As per the new regulation,persons applying for the scheme have to present all papers proving his or her ownership rights over the property. It will be mandatory for the property owner to own the property before registering the property under the scheme,” the official said,adding,that this will increase the number of property registrations for the scheme as the government has had to turn down several requests because of ownership discrepancies reported upon verification.

Apart from this,in an attempt to crack down upon property owners who have registered under the B&B scheme but are running commercial ventures like guest houses,the government has decided to introduce another rule that makes it mandatory for the owner to live on the property.

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“There have been cases in areas like Karol Bagh and Patel Nagar where guest house owners have registered their properties as B&B homes and are availing the facilities extended to owners of B&B homes,” an official said.

While guest houses under the 2021 Masterplan are treated as commercial ventures and have designated spaces allotted in the Masterplan,as per a law enacted by the Delhi Government,a B&B home is allowed to function from a residential property and the owner is given the benefit of taxation of property,electricity and water charges to be paid as per residential rates.

“The B&B scheme was initiated by the government to offer cheaper alternatives to tourists and offer a sample of Indian culture and an Indian experience while living in a home-like environment. If people are running these homes as commercial ventures,it defeats the purpose,” the official said.

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Officials added that both proposal have been sent to the Delhi Cabinet and are will come up for approval next week.

First published on: 08-09-2009 at 12:05:31 am
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