For all those who were planning to lease the Cooperage ground for their wedding and reception parties and private functions will have to shed nearly 100 per cent more from their pockets. The Maharashtra Government produced before the court its notification whereby it has increased its license fee from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000.
However, the Western India Football Association (WIFA) which manages the Cooperage Ground has been restrained from leasing the ground for private functions till further orders.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Vasant Pradhan and other residents of the Cooperage area alleging that leasing of the ground for private functions was causing nuisance for the residents.
Their counsel alleged that despite the earlier stay on private functions, the WIFA was leasing it for non-sports functions. A division bench of Chief Justice Harjit Singh Bedi and Justice VM Anade asked the petitioners to file an affidavit stating their allegations.
The government notification was produced on Thursday following earlier HC order directing government to clarify its policies for granting permission to lease gymkhanas and sports institutions for private and non-sports activities.
Government pleader GW Mattos produced the notification specifying the guidelines for granting permission. As per the new guidelines the license fee for the first day will be Rs 50,000 and for subsequent days the license fees will be Rs 25,000 as land rent.
The gymkhana will have to obtain prior permission from the Collector. Failing which double the rent would be charged, states the notification issued by VB Latake, Under Secretary to the Revenue and Forest Department in August.
The notification also restrains the gymkhana and the Collector from granting permission for non-sports activities on Sundays and on holidays when it could create hurdle for sports competition.
Other inconvenience caused to the residents like bursting of fire crackers, live bands, motor vehicles causing traffic congestion, sound of generators and toxic exhaust from generators, the PIL further alleges.
Earlier the HC had restrained the WIFA from leasing the ground for private functions till December 31. On Thursday the HC restrained the Association from leasing it till further orders and kept the matter for hearing on January 31, 2007.
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