A petition has been filed in the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court by one Manoj Sangole against leasing 4.54 acres of the open ground in the city to the Nagpur District Football Association. In this case, the High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Principal Secretary of the Municipal Development Department of the state, Nagpur Improvement Trust Chairman, NMC Commissioner, and Football Association. They have been asked to reply to the notice in 6 weeks.
The HC bench of Justice Ravi Deshpande and Justice Vinay Joshi took up the petition for hearing on Wednesday. The petitioner has claimed that on 15 October 1990, the piece of land was transferred to NMC to build grounds and gardens. According to this, e-tender was issued on 4 April 2018 to develop and beautify the ground. Hitesh Construction has issued the work order. Meanwhile, on 19 June 2018, the Football Association sought this land on lease to build the stadium. NIT issued a disputed order on 17 January 2019 and leased this land to the Football Association.
The association was also given possession of the land. The petitioner alleged that the move to handover land to the Football Association was against the law and illegal. Sangole has said in the petition that NMC has spent Rs 50 to 60 lakhs to provide facilities like skating rink, green gym, children’s play facilities, sanitation house, drinking water, wells, motor pumps, etc. Therefore this ground should not be given to the Football Association.
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