Sunday, April 29, 2018

KCB acts tough on gyms, to seal one


PUNE: The Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) decided to seal a gymnasium operating at Range Hills and sought requisite documents for the contract renewal of five other facilities operating within in its jurisdiction.

A decision to this effect was taken at the board’s general body meeting. According to a report tabled by the KCB’s nominated member, Colonel A S Katiyar, the gymnasiums neither had proper documents nor were following the norms set by the board.

The move to seal the gymnasium evoked a sharp reaction from a section of the board members, who staged a walk out. There were heated arguments between KCB vice-president Abhay Sawant and member Suresh Kamble on one side, and member Vaishali Pahilwan. KCB CEO Amol Jagtap intervened and convinced protesting members to attend the meeting. These members were insisting on constituting a panel to study the issue before taking a final call.

KCB president Brigadier Dhiraj Mohan informed members that operators would have to submit their documents and renew contracts in a month. “It’s a long pending matter and a decision was imperative to send a stern message to those not paying attention to the norms. We can’t leave the matter pending for long,” Mohan said in his reply to the board.

According to Sawant, KCB authorities never asked for such documents in the past. A nominated member countered this by pointing out that as per the terms and conditions, it was mandatory for gym operators to renew their contracts annually. “If not, they should be closed,” the member said.


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