BMC issues eviction notice to turf club
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday issued an eviction notice to the Mahalaxmi Turf club for breach of agreement, saying the club has sub-let the property to commercial establishments.
The BMC has accused the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) of structural violations carried out by those who run restaurants on the club’s land.
“The club has been given 30 days, before which they will have to appear before the BMC commissioner and explain themselves. After that the civic chief will take a decision,” a municipal corporation official from the law department said on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to talk to the media.
“The law department has sent a notice to RWITC,” Anil Diggikar, additional municipal commissioner (estates) said.
RWITC chairman, Vivek Jain confirmed this. “Yes, the municipal corporation sent us a notice on Thursday.
The club will take steps as legally advised. I spoke to the municipal commissioner and he assured me they will not take any precipitative action. We hope to resolve this amicably,” he said.
Officials said the proposal to renew the lease is expected to come up before a civic statutory committee soon.
In 1994, the BMC had extended the club’s lease for a year, by charging Rs 20 lakh as rent, but the agreement has not been formalised since then.
The club, which has leased the plot from the BMC, has sub-let a part of it for a restaurant and a banquet hall in 1986, and later in 2008.
The municipal corporation then issued notices for these irregularities, but the operators filed a suit claiming they had been in business there for 23 years at a stretch.
RWITC then terminated its contract with the operators, fought a legal battle and tightened norms for entry, allowing only members. After moving the high court, RWITC decided to settle out of court.