Mysore

Kannada Vedike demands takeover of MRC land

The Karnataka Kannada Vedike has threatened to move the court of law if the land leased out to the Mysore Race Club is not taken over immediately.

The Karnataka Kannada Vedike has urged the Deputy Commissioner to take over the land that has been leased out to the Mysore Race Club (MRC) and the Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar Golf Club (JWGC) as the government lease had already expired and the club authorities have illegally occupied the land.

In a representation to Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, President of the Vedike Suresh Babu has said that the 139.39 acres of land in Survey Number 4 and 74 belonged to the government was leased out to the MRC in 1976 for 30 years for a paltry sum. Though the lease expired on March 2016, the land has not been taken over and illegal activities including betting continued to be conducted.

Suresh Babu has informed the DC that the Karnataka Kannada Vedike would move the court of law if the land was not immediately take over. The Mysore Race Club has subleased the land to Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar Golf Club though there was a condition in the lease agreement that sublease of the land was not allowed.

“The law department had written a letter to PWD to collect due rent amount of Rs 32 crore from the MRC. Though the MRC has still not paid the due amount, the government has not taken any action,” he said.

“There are many illegal construction works inside the club and it has also misused ground water for sports activity. Mysuru’s former Deputy Commissioner had proposed to develop MRC land on the lines of the Botanical Garden in Ooty. The government must act immediately,” he said.

“The space for Mysuru Zoo is congested and the government must handover the land to the Zoo Authority and develop it as a tourist attraction,” he added.

The PWD had, in 2008, estimated that the club had Rs 32.11 crore ground rent per annum as per the prevailing rates. This was successfully prevented due to the collusion of certain bureaucrats and patron politicians and the club only paid two per cent of its revenue as rent, he said.

Even the past deputy commissioners including P Manivannan and Harsh Gupta had suggested shifting the race course out of the city. Both of them had proposed a green project including a botanical garden on the lines of the one in Udhagamandalam (Ooty) that would boost both environment and tourism, he added.

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