Nearly 10,000 families in east Delhi, all member of the Yamuna Sports Complex, want their money back from the DDA.
The Yamuna Sports Complex, the venue for Archery and Table Tennis during the Games, has been shut for members by DDA from August 15 for two months. The members are now demanding the subscription fee they paid over the last two years.
“We have received no sporting facilities for the last two years due to the ongoing construction work,” said Sanjeev Bhasin, a conveners. “Forget sporting facilities, there was not even space to walk in the complex,” he said.
“Each member pays around Rs 1,400 every year to use the facilities and each family member pays about Rs 500. We have paid annual subscriptions in advance and had no inkling the complex will close two months before the Games,” he said. “The membership fee of all members should be refunded or at least adjusted against the membership fee for the next 2 years.”
DDA, however, said all facilities were being provided at the sports complex despite construction work for the Games.
“All disciplines were available to the members and no facility was closed in the last two years,” said DDA spokeswoman Neemo Dhar. “The complex has been closed only from August 15 as per security requirements of the concerned security agencies,” she said.
The closure of the Yamuna Sports Complex and Siri Fort Sports Complex in south Delhi last month were met by protests by the members. Members of the Yamuna Sports Complex had observed a ‘Black Day’ to protest DDA’s move.
The members have also written a letter to the Lt. Governor Tejendra Khanna, who is also the DDA Chairman and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, asking for a refund.