With homestays mushrooming rapidly of late, many of them unauthorisedly, the Kodagu district administration on Thursday came up with a plan to regularise them.
The action comes weeks after MLC and senior Janata Dal (Secular) leader, M.C. Nanaiah alleged that unauthorised homestays were being used for immoral activity and appealed for a crackdown on them.
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari, who chaired a meeting on Thursday to discuss strategies on ways to regularise the unauthorised homestays without hampering promotion of tourism, said a detailed action plan had been prepared to tackle the problem.
While only 216 homestays are registered with the authorities, Tewari explained the rest could not be termed illegal. “Under Karnataka’s tourism policy we can’t penalise the owners of homestays for not registering. It’s more of a voluntary thing.
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