Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been served a notice by the Goa Government for breaching the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1982. Singh who owns a villa at Morjim in North Goa had put it up for homestay without registering it with relevant authorities in the state. For the same reason, the government has served him a notice and has also asked him to appear for a personal hearing on December 8.
Notably, the registration of a homestay with the tourism department is mandated under the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1982. Deputy Director of Tourism, Rajesh Kale, in the November 18 notice addressed to the cricketer-owned villa, 'Casa Singh', located at Morjim in North Goa, directed the allrounder to appear before him on December 8 at 11 am for a personal hearing in the matter.
The notice asks the 40-year-old cricketer why penal action (a fine up to ₹ one lakh) should not be initiated against him for not registering the property under the Tourist Trade Act.
"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," said the notice.
The department has also quoted a tweet by Singh wherein he had said 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 stated 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, a 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," it said.