Gurgaon: Fresh trouble for Huda as lawyer moves NGT over Gymkhana ground row
Responding to a petition moved by Billu Tent House, the district court on Saturday allowed the caterer to hold marriage functionsUpdated: Oct 30, 2017 21:57 IST
Two days after getting a reprieve from the Gurgaon district court, fresh trouble seems to be in store for the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) with regard to allotment of the Gymkhana Club ground in Sector 29 to Billu Tent House, a private catering company, on lease for nine years. The firm was even allowed to raise a huge banquet hall on the ground.
Responding to a petition moved by Billu Tent House challenging an order by Gurgaon divisional commissioner D Suresh stopping work on the banquet hall and asking Huda to cancel the lease agreement, the district court on Saturday allowed the caterer to hold marriage functions for which some residents had already booked the venue.
However, Yatish Goel, a city lawyer, moved a plea in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday seeking a stay on construction of the banquet hall and use of the club ground for commercial purposes.
Goel said, “I have attached proof to my petition on how a banquet hall is being built on the entire club ground, spread across two acres. As per the layout plan approved by the Haryana town planning department, the ground is to be treated as a green space and cannot be used for any commercial activity. But this rule has clearly been flouted by the Huda.”
“I believe the tribunal will hold a hearing in a day or two on this blatant violation of rules by the Huda. This (construction of the banquet hall and use of the club ground for commercial purposes) should be stopped and all corrupt officials should be brought to book,” Goel said.
Yashpal Yadav, administrator, Huda, said, “I am not aware of the petition before the NGT and hence, it won’t be appropriate for me to comment. But we are trying to sort out the issue surrounding the Gymkhana Club and the matter is already under process.”
On receipt of complaints by some club members that the Huda had allotted the ground to the tent house without opting for an elaborate tender process, Suresh, on Wednesday, asked Huda to cancel the lease agreement.
In 2007, Huda allotted the club ground to Billu Tent House and the move didn’t go down well with club members who accused the catering firm of exercising a monopoly on the premises.
“Huda allotted the ground again to Billu Tent House without floating tenders in May, this year, and we approached the divisional commissioner seeking action,” Mohit Dutta, a member of Gymkhana Club, said.
First Published: Oct 30, 2017 21:56 IST