The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) enforced a raid on hotels in Mcleodganj on Friday after hints of many hotels using the government power supply illegally. There were around 140 hotels in the locality whose power supply had been cut following orders of the High Court however the board found that most them were still functioning.
Executive Engineer, HPSEB, Ajay Gautam said they had acted on the complaints that some hotels, whose power supply had been snapped, were using power illegally. Three hotels were raided and it was found that one hotel had guests too. Cases of theft would be registered against the hotel owners who were using power illegally, he said according to the report in the Tribune.
It was reported that most of the hotels were on those buildings which had adjoining commercial shops which were not deemed illegal in the previous rulings. However, the hotels were using power from these shops to light up their building and function normally. The board is now going to slap cases of power theft against the hotel owners for using power illegally.
In move from the government to provide relief those hoteliers who have lost their power and water supply due to illegal constructions, it is planning to seal the unauthorized portions of their buildings from functioning while the approved functioned will be allowed to function as usual. Till then it is reported that these buildings will remain sealed.