Power play on at Delhi Golf Club greens
The prestigious Delhi Golf Club (DGC) — whose members include the city's most influential, powerful and wealthy — is in the middle of a controversy not usually associated with its sophisticated and genteel image.Updated: Jun 01, 2012, 00:41 IST
The prestigious Delhi Golf Club (DGC) — whose members include the city's most influential, powerful and wealthy — is in the middle of a controversy not usually associated with its sophisticated and genteel image.
Around 150 members of the club — where an application today will get you a membership only 40 years later in 2052 and that too if you pass a stringent set of conditions — are involved in a showdown with the club's managing committee (MC) over the latter writing to the urban development (UD) ministry for renewing the club's lease.
They are questioning the urgency shown by the MC, whose tenure ends in three months, in applying for a renewal of lease eight years before it expires in 2020.
The ministry, in its reply to the DGC on May 3 (a copy of which is with HT), agreed to extend the lease to 2050 but asked the club to increase the number of members it can nominate.
It has asked for an increase in the number of "out-of-turn" members that it can nominate every year to three from two. It has also reserved the right to nominate these "out-of-turn" members for a block of three years in one go. This means it can nominate nine members in one shot.
Another condition set by the ministry is to nominate 40 members — 25 of who will be allowed only restricted playing rights (12 times a year) but will have access to all other facilities of the club.
"We have considered all aspects and taken a considered decision," Sudhir Krishna, secretary, urban development ministry told HT.
"Members are afraid that undesirable candidates will be nominated and nomination itself becoming a source of corruption," said Romesh Bhandari, a former president of DGC and Lt Governor of Delhi.
DGC president Manmohan Singh said the ministry's demands had been brought down to "minimum" but he has had to postpone a general body meeting to ratify the conditions after more than 150 A-category members (those who have voting rights) signed a protest letter. "No proposal can pass unless 75% members attending the EGM approve of it," he said.