The Haryana government has taken serious note of the report published in HT on February 4, 'Bending rules for Khanna's commercial tennis venture', and decided to review the proposal of Change of Land Use (CLU) by a private group to set up a commercial tennis academy in Gurgaon.
HT had reported that the state government was set to issue a CLU for the tennis project in a restricted zone meant only for transportation and communication projects. But, after reading the HT report, the government wants to play safe before taking a final call on the CLU issue.
"We have raised some objections and forwarded them to the private group (RLF and United Leasing Limited)," said a senior official in the Town and Country Planning Department, Chandigarh, on condition of anonymity. "The letter of intent has not been issued yet and it is unlikely to be granted by the government till all the objections are cleared," said the official.
Two companies, RLF and United Leasing Limited, owned by the family of Anil Khanna, the AITA president, have applied for a CLU for setting up a tennis venture in 6.85 acres in Jundsarai village, Gurgaon-Pataudi Road.
"We will also look into the commercial angle associated with the academy. The government is giving them relief keeping in mind the promotion of sports," the official said. Khanna had told HT that the project was envisaged to build an international tennis academy.