Panaji: Goa Tourism Department has issued notice to Cricketer Yuvaraj Singh for putting up his villa at Morjim, Goa for homestay online, without registering it with the department, which is mandated as per Tourist Trade Act.
Deputy Director of Tourism Rajesh Kale on November 18 has issued notice to Singh, addressed to Casa Singh at Morjim in North Goa, directing him to appear before him on December 08, 2022 at 11 am for personal hearing.
The notice issued to Singh mentions that it has come to the notice of the undersigned that your residential premises located at Varchewada, Morjim, Pernem, Goa is allegedly functioning as a homestay and is being marked on online platforms like Airbnb.
The department has also quoted by Singh wherein he has said that he would be hosting an exclusive stay at his Goa home for a group of six, only on @Airbnb. “This is where I spent time with my loved ones and the home is filled with memories of my years on the pitch,” the tweet had mentioned.
The notice issued by the department states that “every person intending to operate a Hotel/Guest House before operating it, has to apply for registration to the Prescribed Authority in the Prescribed manner.”
“Therefore notice is hereby given to you as to why penal action should not be initiated against you for default in registration under the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1982,” the notice mentions.
While asking Singh to be present on December 08 at 11 am, the officer has said that if no reply is received within the said date mentioned in the notice, it will eb assumed that the grounds mentioned in this notice are correct and on such assumption under Section 22 or in violation of any of the provisions of the Act, you shall be punishable with a fine which may extend up to Rs one lakh.