Guwahati: The district administration of Gangtok vacated the shops in the Star Hall building and sealed the Building in New Market area in the capital city.
A district administration team led by SDM (headquarters) Sunil Kumar Mothay vacated the shops on the g grounds of violation of Sikkim Public Premises (1980) Act.
The shop owners were issued a notice from the east district magistrate to vacate the premises and seal the building which is a property of the State Urban Development department since 2015
It may be mentioned that Six shops under the Mayalang Construction and Service Cooperative Society function on the roadside towards Nam Nam road, two restaurants in the first floor – Wachipa Corner and Buddha Café – function under the name of Sunil Lama. Diet And Brewery (DAB) and Spooky Mirror Maze, in the first and second floor function under Aasique Sai Tamang's name
Stating to the media that he was only following the orders of the District Magistrate, Mohaty said "The district magistrate was approached by the Urban Development department on August 6 for eviction under the Sikkim Public Premises Act. We issued a show cause notice on September 7 and accordingly called for hearing on September 28 between the DM, UDHD and the shop owners. However, the representative of Mayalang Cooperative was the only one present and he agreed to vacate the premises within 7 days. We even issued another notice to other two occupants who were not present, to vacate the premises within 15 days. We further sent them a notice with eviction order on October 28 which was to be pasted on the door of the shops
The SDM further said, “The reason given to us by the Urban Development department was on the grounds of running business and occupying government space without valid permission. If there is no valid trade license and there is no permission from the Urban Development department then they are to be evicted under the SPP Act. Upon being evicted, they can take their belongings along or if they leave it behind, an inventory has to be made, and the property has to be sealed. A date will be issued by the DM when they can take back their belongings, but until then the property remains sealed
However, the shop owners under Mayalang and Sunil Lama while interacting with the media said " We have been allotted the premises where our restaurants function from the Urban Development department since January 1, 2015. We were issued a trade license from GMC on August 19, 2015. With the allotment having the criteria for renewal annually, our license under the GMC was also issued on an annual basis. The renewal was done once on November 11, 2016 which was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2017. But despite reaching out to both UDHD and GMC, our request for renewal was rejected"
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