The Agriculture College playground is getting decked up for hosting yet another high profile wedding. While last month it was the wedding reception of Congress MLC Mohan Joshi’s daughter,this time it is the wedding of NCP’s Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar’s daughter. Nimbalkar is the Minister for Water Resources (Krishna Valley).
This arrangement has forced the college to postpone its Krishi Chashak,an inter-college sports competition,that was to be held on the ground.
A huge pandal is in the process of being erected at the college playground for the reception scheduled on January 6. The preparations this time are on a larger scale than that of the last function and so is the damage. The running track has been completely dug up,the kho-kho poles have disappeared and pandals have been put up on the volleyball court.
The other ground of Agriculture College near Sinchan Nagar which is made available for exhibitions and other functions on rental basis and could have well been used instead of the playground is lying vacant.
“We had to postpone our inter-college sports week due to the wedding for which the ground will be occupied for at least 15 days,” said a student of the college.
Though the ground had not been rented for functions after it was renovated last year at a cost of Rs 60 lakh,an exception was made last month for the wedding reception of the MLC’s daughter. Following the Newsline report on the damage done to the sporting facilities by the function,the college authorities had decided to take action. Mahatma Phule Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor Tukaram More said the executive body of the university has passed a resolution that would prevent renting of the college playground for private functions henceforth.
“Due to these functions,the permanent sporting facilities created at the college get damaged. The resolution which was passed by our executive council will now go to the Agriculture Ministry for approval. Once the resolution comes into being,no such events will be held on the ground,” said More.