PG (Paying Guest) hostels – Majority of the PG hostels in Bengaluru are unlicensed. Only a few women’s PG hostels have CCTV cameras and round the lock 24/7 security guards.
The PG (Paying Guest) hostels are not monitored by any authority. Bengaluru police don’t have a list of paying guest facilities in the city. And the city administration body, BBMP to doesn’t have a list of authorized PGs readily available online.
What does authorized/ licensed PG mean?
Unauthorized/unlicensed PG (Paying Guest) facilities are the ones not registered with either BBMP or the police, hence not obligated to provide security to the inhabitants. There is no monitoring done by any agency on such PG facilities.
Under Schedule 10 part II of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act 1976, PG accommodations are supposed to procure trade license from BBMP Health Department. License fee varies with the number of rooms that the accommodation has. Even the PG accommodations having less than 10 rooms are supposed to have a license.
Lodging and PG (Paying Guest) accommodation :
There is no distinction between both facilities, yet minor contrasts amongst Lodging and paying guest will be there. Large portions of individuals don’t know totally about paying visitor settlement and which is better for their living.
Lodging is a position of convenience, where we can discover diverse individuals from better places to remain for impermanent facilities for a long/brief time.
Lodging – Living with a gathering of companions.
PG (paying Guest) is additionally one of the conveniences. Paying visitor benefit significantly gave by families on a rental premise to share their property.
What is PG (Paying Guest) Hostel?
Paying Guests or P.G. is generally popular with students. As the name indicates, this accommodation is related to the feel of the guest. Generally, in P.G. accommodation, a person is treated as a guest but it does not mean that one does not have to pay for the accommodation.
PG Scenario at Bengaluru :
A lot of girls and working women get accommodation at PG in Bengaluru in large numbers. But it is at their own risk. A majority of the PG hostels in Bengaluru are unlicensed and unregulated.
There are incidents of men breaking in to steal cash, jewellery and laptops. Sometimes the breaking happens with intent violence.
Things mandatory in a PG (Paying Guest) hostel :
According to Chairman of the BBMP Standing Committee on health Mr.Mujahid Pasha, CCTV is mandatory for PG hostels.
The other things must at a PG are a security guard on duty around the clock. The PG should have a trade licence from BBMP. Once the licence is obtained it should be displayed prominently in the premises along with the Area Police Number.
Action against illegal PG’s :
Those who are running the PG hostels with no licence can be booked under the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act. They can be punished by closing and sealing the working of the PG.
PG (Paying Guest) Owners can obtain a license :
- Obtain a trade license for PGs – This can now be done easily online on the BBMP website.
- Pay commercial tax for utilities such as rent, water and electricity.
Problems / Issues faced in PG (Paying Guest) :
- One will not choose their flat-mates in PG. If the resident doesn’t gel well with them, they are stuck. Most people staying in PG fall into two groups – a) students b) working professionals. Typically the two groups have different lifestyles and hence if the resident belongs to group a but the majority of flatmates belong to group b or vice versa, it is likely to be uncomfortable. Even when all flatmates are working professionals, there is no guarantee that they will gel with all of them.
- In most PG accommodations residents get Wifi but if a resident is a high data consumer or if a resident needs very high bandwidth, one will find most likely the PG Wifi useless. The biggest problem with PG accommodation is that the resident won’t be allowed to bring in guests who would stay overnight. That means after a party, even if a friend is too drunk to drive or go home, he/she can’t crash in at PG.
- Typically most owners would have a problem with paying guests bringing in guests of the opposite gender especially beyond 9 pm at night. That’s a severe constraint
- PG accommodations offer very little space. So every time a resident buys something, they have to consider the space constraint before buying.
- In PG accommodations most of the services (like the internet, DTH, newspapers) etc are shared and common for everyone. So if a resident has special needs, the services can’t be customized.
- In a PG, there’s hardly any privacy. The accommodation will be shared by 1 or two more people.
The only plus point of a PG compared to a shared apartment is relatively low rent/deposit.
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