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Lease cancellation: MHA secy to meet minister

Mumbai Hockey Association (MHA) secretary Ram Singh Rathor will meet State Sports and Youth Welfare minister Padmakar Valvi on Thursday to discuss an order cancelling a 15-year lease granted to MHA in 2008.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 17, 2014 4:46 pm

Mumbai Hockey Association (MHA) secretary Ram Singh Rathor will meet State Sports and Youth Welfare minister Padmakar Valvi on Thursday to discuss an order cancelling a 15-year lease granted to MHA in 2008.

Former internationals led by the legendary Dhanraj Pillay had met then Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Valvi in July and submitted a memorandum listing woes.

President Mangha Singh Bakshi said he was shocked at receiving the eviction order,but maintained the MHA managing committee would seek a quick resolution.

One of the allegations that made Deputy Secretary (Sports) Satish Jondhale issue the notice was that MHA allows marriages and parties on AstroTurf.

“I want to make it clear marriages don’t happen on AstroTurf,but in the adjoining parking and wasteland area. These are rented out because we need to generate revenue to run this organisation. We incur expenses of about Rs 1.5-1.6 lakh every month on electricity,upkeep of the turf,staff salaries,etc. We don’t receive grant from the government. How are we supposed to sustain the association?” Bakshi said.

He said MHA was shocked at the timing of the letter two days after conducting a junior tournament for the state government.

The other prickly issue has been MHA’s reluctance to extend memberships to former hockey players. The association is yet to increase its membership beyond the upper limit of 1,000.

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