The municipal corporation (MC) of Chandigarh is planning to reduce membership fee for community centres from `1,000 per annum to `200, while for senior citizens it will be `100 as compared to `500 per annum.
There are 35 community centres in the city and each centre has members ranging from 40 to 70. The matter will come up in the MC House meeting scheduled for September 23.
Congress councillor Sat Parkash Aggarwal, who proposed the reduction of fee, said the residents were not happy with the fee structure fixed by the MC in January this year and due to this many
community centres have become non-useful for residents.
"Facilities such as gymnasium/ libraries are not being used and the centres are not maintained properly," he added.
In the MC meeting held on January 30, the House approved policy guidelines for the management of community centres and fee was increased to `1,000 per annum for residents and `500 for senior citizens.
The new rates were proposed keeping in view the facilities provided in various community centres as well as to meet the day-to-day expenditures such as electricity, water charges and other establishment expenditure for the service of caretakers and other services.
In the finance and contract committee (F&CC) meeting held on September 20, it was also decided to install aquaguards in all community centres of the city.
To book air-conditioned (AC) halls at the community centres in Sectors 8, 11, 16, 22 and 35, residents are being charged `10,000, while for non-AC halls they pay `5,000 as compared to `2,500 earlier.
For holding parties, `1,000 are being charged for two hours. The MC had increased the fee after almost a decade.
What you pay
Annual membership fee for residents Rs 1,000
Annual membership fee for senior citizens Rs 500
For booking AC hall Rs 10,000
For booking non-AC hall Rs 5,000
For holding meetings Rs 1,000