The clubs were given the properties on yearly licensing fees before Independence. “Now, we need these properties for carrying out remunerative and other development works. We cancelled the licence deed and asked them to give back possession of the land some time ago. When no concrete reply was received, the land and estate department filed a petition with the estate officer for getting the properties vacated and direction was given in favour of north corporation,” said a senior official.
“An order was issued in this regard in September, while possession was taken in the beginning of November. The licensee took the matter to the district court, but no stay was issued. It took us around two years to get the matter resolved,” added the official.
The corporation claimed there was a fourth club there and proceedings were on to take its possession. There are no plans to continue with the clubs or allow any recreational facilities in them.
“We need the land for various purposes. The Public Works Department has asked us for land to widen the roads near Old Delhi Railway Station. We also need space to develop proper parking facilities to reduce congestion. Once we get all plots, a decision will be taken for their utilisation,”’ said the official.
In the proposed budget estimates for FY 2022-23, the north corporation commissioner had mentioned the market price of these club sites was around Rs 200 crore. “We have sites in Karol Bagh and SP Mukherjee Market too, but these clubs were the prominent ones,” the official added.