Two of the most upscale societies in the Capital have been able to reserve their rights for exclusive use of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) community centres.
Resident Welfare Associations of Jor Bagh and Golf Links (RWAs) have secured the rights for the NDMC community centres in its localities. Amit Prasad,director of NDMCs Welfare department,said,We have agreed to hand over the community centres to the respective RWAs as they have requested for exclusive rights.
Officials said similar requests in the future would be decided only on merit basis.
Reserving rights to community centres means people would not be able to book Golf Links and Jor Bagh centres for activities. We found their demands worthy of acceptance as they are gated communities and have agreed to pay money and share the electricity expenses, said a Welfare department official.
These two community centres are permitted for the use of RWA members for all activities related to sports,social,cultural programmes and association get-togethers,which the RWA may decide from time to time,the official added.
No marriage function or guest stay will be allowed. The right of ownership will be with NDMC. Repair and maintenance should be done by the RWAs, mentions the MoU recently signed by NDMC and the two RWAs.
They have agreed to manage the centre. The societies will pay Rs 80,000 as annual user charge in favour of Secretary,NDMC,by April 30. The payment should be made in advance every year, said the official.
Vishnu Lal,president,Golf Links,said the RWA has always tried to reserve the community centre for its members. It is the first time that NDMC has asked us to sign the MoU and pay user charge every year, he said.