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Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, May 07, 2013
The UT administration has imposed a ban on renting out the premises of Chandigarh Club for marriage functions.
The club, which is already under scanner for various building violations, has been directed not to accept any further bookings for marriage functions.  However, the club management has been allowed to hold marriage function on its premises for which it has already received the bookings.

Club president Sandeep Sahni said though they were yet to receive an official communication in this regard, they were aware of the decision taken by the administration.

The club had also been directed by the UT estate office to remove building violations. A team of the estate office recently conducted a survey at the Chandigarh Club and found major violations such as use of premises for commercial purposes and unauthorised construction on government land.

The club has an open area of 8.5 acres, besides covering an area of over 1,200 square yards, was originally a community centre, but over the years, a large building and swimming pool has come up without required permission.

Sahni said the club had submitted a revised building plan and they would remove violations once the revised plan was approved by the administration.

Recently, the administration had fixed the monthly rent of the club at Rs. 12 lakh from the present Rs. 1.51 lakh.

MHA seeks progress report
The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has asked the UT administration to submit a report on the progress made in the ongoing tussle with the Chandigarh Golf Club on lease issue.

In a communication sent to the administration, the ministry had made a query regarding the current status of the dispute and steps taken to resolve the issue. According to sources, the administration is expected to send its reply in the next few days.

Last year, the administration had enhanced the lease amount of the club by charging Rs. 9.27 crore as rent, including interest, for five years from March 2008 to 2013. Thereafter, the club management moved the Punjab and Haryana high court challenging the new lease.

Recently, the high court had appointed Justice Kuldip Singh, former judge of the Supreme Court, as a mediator to resolve the lease row.

According to sources, the dispute is likely to end soon as the administration is considering reducing the renewed lease amount of the club, which has been the bone of contention between both parties.