Government must crack down on illegal room rentals: TTAG | Goa News

Panaji: The tourism department’s campaign launched last year to verify and book operators illegally renting tourist accommodation after the new law came into force will be accelerated in the coming days, but the main problem facing operators wait for a resolution.
Providing ease of doing business, the tourism department has allowed small operators of less than six units to continue operations pending the NOC of their respective panchayats and the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB ), provided that they produce authorizations from both authorities. on the next annual renewal date.
However, those who present themselves to register are still few in number.
A tourism official said he will know the exact situation when renewal applications are received before the season, but the fact remains that it is not easy to obtain an NOC from a body. local. On the other hand, the trade body, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), wants to crack down on such operators as they affect the business of legitimate entities, mainly hotels.
A tourism official said he has followed up on all complaints received, but it is still difficult to verify self-contained properties rented out without permission.
TTAG chairman Nilesh Shah said he expects a more proactive role from the tourism department in this regard as the inventory of illegal rooms is still high. The trend of renting houses or bungalows has been boosted during the pandemic, with domestic tourists opting to rent a house or apartment during their stay in Goa rather than staying in a hotel, for security reasons, he said. he declares.
“I’m not saying that all rent bungalows or apartments illegally, but there are several who operate without authorization. We want more awareness of the law so that those who don’t know or don’t want to register for whatever reason will stand in line,” Shah said.
The tourism manager said many may not show up to register due to issues with property rights, or a few other things that may not be in order.
Richard Fernandes, an apartment owner, who had rented his apartment from OYO, canceled the contract after the new law took effect. He said he could not get any NOC from South Goa panchayat.