Post the appointment of Censor Chief Pahlaj Nihalani, there have been several controversies lurking around the CBFC (Censor Board of Film Certification) mainly because of Nihlani's rigid rules that has rubbed some members of the board in a wrong way. Amidst this, the chief has been caught in yet another legal trouble wherein he and his family have been accused of running an illegal resort in Matheran.
The resort called 'Fleetwood A House In the Clouds' (also known as Salmona) located 2 kms away from Matheran station that boasts of well-equipped rooms and cottage suites has reportedly been in the possession of Chirag Nihalani, son of Pahlaj Nihalani since 2003. Licensed hotel owners of this hill station, have been allegedly mentioning about the same stating that the Nihlani family, though are paying taxes and charges for amenities (like water, electricity) as per the residential unit, they are using this property for commercial purposes. In fact, several travel blogs and renowned booking sites have even listed this as a property for lodging and staying purposes for adventure lovers visiting Matheran. While the Superintendent of the revenue department in Matheran, Pawan Chandak asserts that this (Fleetwood) is indeed a residential property which cannot be used as a hotel or resort, Neeta Nihalani, who is the wife of Censor Chief Pahlaj Nihalani and also manages the property, maintained that this property is neither a lodge nor resort. She further added that they manage the entire property themselves.
It is being said that the property which has been listed on some renowned travel websites has about six well furnished rooms in the categories of standard rooms and suites along with a restaurant that serves Indian cuisine. Though a website called www.fleetwoodhouse.com supposedly included all the details of the said property, the website is not in existence anymore. Reportedly, according to the information provided on the said website, each guest was charged approximately Rs. 2750 per day for the stay.
The Superintendent Pawan Chandak, recently assured that not only would their team conduct fresh surveys but they will also be taking action against illegal properties in Matheran.
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