Haryana BJP legislator, Anil Vij, has slammed the state government for considering a proposal for Change of Land Use (CLU) by a private group to set up a commercial tennis academy in a restricted zone meant for transportation and communication projects in Gurgaon.
Vij said the Congress-led government had made the Town and Country Planning department an industrial unit that churns out CLU as per their whims and fancies.
“It is not the first such case. There are a number of instances where the Hooda government has favoured private players and given them relaxation. How can the government even think of granting CLU to a commercial tennis venture in a restricted zone?” questioned the Ambala MLA.
HT had published the news, ‘Bending rules for Khanna’s commercial tennis venture’, on February, which said that two companies, RLF and United Leasing Limited — owned by the family of All India Tennis Association president, Anil Khanna — had applied for CLU for setting up a commercial tennis venture on the lines of academies in the US on their 6.85 acre land in Jundsarai village, Gurgaon-Pataudi Road.
The state government has in principle approved the project and the Gurgaon office of the Town and Country Planning has forwarded the case to the headquarters in Chandigarh.
“Hooda plays tennis, that’s why he must have agreed to favour AITA officials. This is not done. I will take up the issue in the assembly session,” said Vij.
When told that the government was saying it was well within its rights to grant relaxation in land use in a particular zone under Section 7(A) of the Punjab Scheduled Roads Act, Vij said, “Common man doesn’t make rules. It is the government that makes it and changes it.
"So, the power of giving relaxation lies with the government, but they are misusing it and willing to go to any extent to oblige their near ones,” he added.