Government may cancel Gymkhana Club lease

IT Minister S R Patil, on Monday, said the government would seek the opinion of advocate general with regard to cancelling the land lease agreement with Indian Gymkhana Club in Cox Town.

Replying on behalf of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the Legislative Council, Patil, who is the Leader of the House, said legal opinion is necessary in the wake of  Supreme Court directions, which say that the government cannot interfere unless the lease period expires.
Janata Dal (S) member Basavaraja Horatti said residents of Cox Town and surrounding areas have been deprived of playground. Though the government wanted to take back 3 acre and 24 guntas of land out of 4 acre and 28 guntas of land, in 1994, the Supreme Court has held that the government cannot interfere during the lease period.

Horatti said though the BBMP recommended in 2008, not to extend the lease, the State Cabinet decided to extend the lease for another 35 years. Janata Dal (S) leader Nanaiah along with Horatti demanded cancellation of the lease.

Nominated member Tara Anuradha said there is no playground in Cox Town. The government should ensure that at least for a couple of hours the ground is available for children to play, she added.

Joining the issue, BJP member Vimala Gowda said the BBMP had fixed Rs 1.4 crore as annual rent for 1 acre and 4 guntas of land leased to the Club. But hardly Rs 60,000 is being collected by the government, she pointed out.

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