After realising that private sports academies and training institutes are making money while paying meagre rents to PMC for the use of Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at Swargate, the civic body has proposed to increase the rental ten-fold.
In the proposal tabled by the sports committee, PMC said that the rent paid by sports academies and training institutes is less than the how much it costs the civic body to maintain the facility.
The proposal stated that a hall in the stadium was given to a yoga training institute for Rs 1,000 a month, but the institute itself earns Rs 70,000 per month.
“The cricket academies that conduct coaching classes during the summer earn a lot, but pay very little for using the facility,” said a civic officer.
According to the proposal, PMC will allow cricket academies to use the ground for coaching from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm for two months in April and May. It currently charges Rs 2,000 per month and has now proposed a hike to Rs 20,000 per month.
“The hike is nothing compared to the earnings of the academies. This will help PMC recover the maintenance costs,” he added.
It has proposed to increase the rental from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 per day for professional cricket matches and practise sessions.
Similarly, the rent for matches organised by Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) is currently Rs 750 per day. The proposed charges are Rs 7,500 per day.
The administration also wants to increase the rent for table tennis and indoor games from Rs 100 per hour to Rs 300 per hour. The yoga hall charges will also become Rs 5,000 per month.