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No need for a gym only for legislators: HC

mumbai Updated: Jan 21, 2010 01:04 IST
Urvi Mahajani

The proposal for an exclusive gymkhana for MLAs and MLCs in south Mumbai has come under the Bombay High Court’s scanner following a public interest litigation.

A proposal was mooted in 2002 for a gymnasium in Cuffe Parade, spread over 23,000 sq m, which would be reserved for only MLAs and MLCs.

“Why do you want it only for them [MLAs and MLCs]? Let them interact with public without elections. Then they will know the ground reality,” said Justice J.N. Patel while hearing the PIL filed by NGO Janhit Manch.

A division bench of Justice Patel and Justice B.R. Gavai also questioned additional government pleader Nitin Deshpande on the debt of government.

“Why do you want to spend nearly Rs 200-300 crore on developing a gymkhana when the government is under debt?” asked Justice Gavai.

In July 2002, about 125 legislators had signed a letter and given to then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh saying that the plot owned by government near World Trade Centre in Cuffe Parade should be converted into a gymnasium for legislators. The PIL stated that the plot should be developed as a public playground instead of developing it for a privileged few.