The HP High Court orders has asked state authorities to initiate action against 116 more hotels and guesthouses operating illegally in and around Dharamsala town and also to immediately disconnect their water and electricity connections. This comes after authorities had conducted inspections at 309 hotels and found that 116 hotels were violating rules. The court was hearing a plea on environment degradation in the city.The judges were hearing a public interest litigation on environment degradation in and around Dharamsala, the abode of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, some 250 km from the state capital. Earlier this month, the bench directed the authorities to disconnect water and electricity supply of 49 similar units. Later, 26 more units were added. “We are happy to note that at least now the pollution control board has started performing its statutory duty,” the judges observed in an order dated December 19.
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