Mayor asks officials to inspect illegal constructions at MRC

Karnataka Kannada Vedike demands that the Race Club land must be handed over to Karnataka Zoo Authority to develop into a Botanical Garden.

At a council meeting held on Thursday evening, Mayor B L Bhyrappa instructed the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) officials to inspect the illegal construction works being carried out at the Mysore Race Club (MRC) and submit a report in two days.

Bhyrappa instructed the officials to visit the premises and sought a detailed report on the construction works of stables at the club. The officials are expected to submit the report by next Monday.

During the meeting, council member M K Shankar pointed that Planning and Development Standing Committee members had inspected the Club three months ago and had submitted a report about a series of illegal constructions and violations. But he added that no action was taken. He also alleged that the club was neither paying tax properly nor paying the water bills.

Corporators seen raising an issue during the course of the meeting

MLC G Madhusudhan who attended his last council meeting was felicitated on the occasion.

Develop race course on lines of Botanical Garden

In another development, speaking to media persons on Thursday, Karnataka Kannada Vedike president Suresh Babu has urged the government not to renew the license of the Race Course and instead hand it over to the Zoo Authority to develop it on the lines of Botanical Gardens.

Babu said that the MRC obtained 139.39 acres of land on lease from PWD department for 30 years for a paltry sum. However, the lease had expired in 2006 as per the agreement. MRC had also given the lease land for Jayachamarajendra Golf Club by violating norms, he said and urged the government to take a call immediately.

He added that MRC land was located in core area of the city in Survey No 4 Kurubarahalli limits and the prime location is used for betting purpose and not for public welfare.

“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.

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