'Shifting should not be done at gunpoint'

'Shifting should not be done at gunpoint'

On the move:

We are not opposed to the idea of shifting. But the time frame is a problem. You cannot shift an institution like Bangalore Turf Club that has been working in a place for nearly 100 years in just six months to another place. It is not that a definite piece of land has been identified and the work of a new course has started.

At present we have some 1000 horses stationed at the BTC (of various owners). It is not practical to shift them, not only the horses, but other equipment and staff, in six months.
Where are the stables, where are the staff quarters.. we cannot keep horses and staff on the road, right?

We understand that the lease has expired, but the BTC and the State goverment should come to some sort of agreement to give us some more time to shift. If you ask me, it will take a minimum of three years to build and develop a new race course.

As I said earlier, none of us are opposed to the idea of shifting. As it is, quite a bit of land has been lost at the present property for road development and other works. But six months is too short a time for such a massive excercise, and it should not be done at gunpoint.

On how it will affect the racing fraternity: There will be some initial hiccups for the public since the new course will be situated a little far away from the city area. Over the years, they are used to going to a place near to them, and when suddenly it get shifted they may face some trouble in commuting.

Well, then it is a matter getting used to. People made an outcry when the airport was shifted to Devanahalli, but now they are used to it. So people will get used to it in some time since the new roads are pretty good, and I am sure there will be no dip in attendance.

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