Tribunal formed to probe violations
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has instituted an inquiry into violations by the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC), which runs the Mahalaxmi race course on its 211-acre premises.mumbai Updated: Nov 25, 2010 01:47 IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has instituted an inquiry into violations by the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC), which runs the Mahalaxmi race course on its 211-acre premises.
The civic body has setup a tribunal, which will involve one official conducting an enquiry and then submitting a report to municipal commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya. “Based on the report, we will decide whether or not to terminate their lease,” said Kshatriya.
RWITC has been under the civic body’s scanner as they have sub-leased a portion of the racecourse — the Gallops restaurant — to a third party for a period of 10 years without the BMC’s consent.
The RWITC’s lease with the civic body expires in 2013 and it has signed a contract with Gallops, which expires only in 2018.
The BMC has sent an eviction notice to the club for “sub-letting” parts of the plot, which is a violation of the agreement between the BMC and the RWITC.
Also, two premium restaurants inside the racecourse have extended their construction without seeking permission from the BMC.
“The tribunal will act as an independent body and will submit their report to the BMC within 60 days,” said a senior civic official. The official added that if the management of RWITC is not satisfied by the report, they could go in for an appeal.
Kshatriya added that the open space on which construction has been done within the racecourse premises should have been left open.
Even the demand made by Manoj Kotak, chairman of improvements committee, in a letter to Kshatriya, asking for termination of the plot’s lease will be looked into. Kotak in his letter had said that the BMC administration is deliberately delaying the process of terminating the lease with the RWITC.
“All these allegations will also be looked at in the report,” said Kshatriya.