Pune: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has taken action against around 70 hotels for violation of anti-pollution norms in Lonavla. In all, 16 hotels faced stringent action as the MPCB decided to cut their water and electricity connections.
Almost all hotels in the hill station have been booked for New Year. Revellers, who have booked hotels facing water and power cut, are likely to face inconvenience.
MPCB officials said, “The board had issued notices to these hoteliers a year ago. They were asked to install sewage treatment plants. The Lonavla Municipal Council was also asked to make arrangement for treating sewage generated from these hotels. They were warned that if they failed to install treatment plants, they would face action.”
So far, the MPCB has taken action against Star Regency, Sai Moreshwar Resort, Kumar Resort, Green Land Delsol, Hotel Rainbow Retreat, Hotel Aristo, Hotel Whispering Woods, Sahil Sarovar, Portico, Hotel Valerina, Lion’s Den Hotel, The Blue Lagoon Resort, Hotel Neetaj Inn, Hotel Sapphire, Jewel Resort and After Action Inn. Some resorts have installed STPs in the past two months. The erring hotels and resorts were served notices under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
Meanwhile, Lonavla Hotel Owners Association is irked over the action. An association office-bearer said, “The business during peak season will adversely affect our business. Patrons will face a lot of inconvenience. The authorities should have taken action after New Year season.”