Nine hotels near Gir sanctuary sealed
Times of India
Rajkot: Just when the tourists season begins in Gir Sanctuary the —only abode of Asiatic lions in the world — as many as nine hotels and resorts have been sealed by authorities for not having mandatory licences related to entertainment and food and drugs control.
All these resorts and hotels are located around the Sasan Gir area. Sources said that these hotels were sealed during the two days of surprise checks which were conducted on theses hotels, resorts and farmhouses in the periphery of Gir Sanctuary by a team consisting of mamlatdar, taluka development officer and police sub-inspector.
Among those sealed are famous resorts like Gir Jungle Resort, Gir Resort, Leo Hotel, Pride Resort, Hotel Lion's Paw and Bhavesh Farm. When contacted, Talala mamlatdar Ami Doshi said that despite repeated oral instructions to hoteliers in the area, some businessmen avoided availing necessary licenses. She said two people Dipak Gajjar and Kishorsinh Jadeja were also found running hospitality business at their respective farms without taking non-agriculture (NA) certificate from the authorities.
She said besides licenses for entertainment food for the hospitality business, owners are also supposed to take permission from forest department in case their establishment is situated within 5 km of area of Gir Sanctuary.
There are as many as 40 hotels, guest houses and resorts are situated in Talala talukas on the fringes of Gir Forest. According to Doshi, authorities want to complete the checks before the tourist season peaks. TNN