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Civic body to let out vacant plots

Hamari Jamatia, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 11, 2013
First Published: 00:15 IST(11/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:18 IST(11/3/2013)

Every wedding season brings with it a mad rush to book the limited number of parks and community halls in the city.

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In order to tide over the lack of space to hold such events, the South Corporation has decided to let out its open grounds for booking. A decision was taken this week to identify bigger vacant plots belonging to the corporation and convert them into temporary wedding grounds.

With the new measure, the corporation has also started its preparation for next year when a court order makes it illegal to hold weddings at parks. This in turn will create a huge gap between the number of weddings being held and the venues available.

“By next year, no weddings will be held in any of the parks belonging to the corporation. This will create a big problem for the population of Delhi, which will be forced to book expensive halls and farmhouses. In order to avoid the problem, we have started identification of open plots lying unused. They can be used as wedding grounds till they are used for some other purpose,” said Rajesh Gehlot, standing committee chairman of the South Corporation.

Gehlot added that around five to six plots have been identified. The booking charges will remain similar to the ones imposed on regular parks at R 4000.

According to the data available with the corporation, there are 6400 parks in South Delhi out of which 58 are being let out for weddings. Earlier, there were 600 parks that were let out for functions, but the Supreme Court directed the unified MCD to stop giving out its parks as it leads to degradation of greenery. By December 2014, the three municipal corporations will have to put a complete stop on giving out their parks. In all the three corporations have about 210 community halls.

“When the court orders had come, there was a plan to build more community halls in Delhi in order to bridge the gap, but due to lack of available space and funds, not many have been built, which is why now we are trying to locate vacant plots,” said a senior official.

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