DYFI activists stage a protest in front of IGMC stadium
Sportspersons and youngsters utilising the sporting infrastructure of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation have resented the steep hike in the fee prescribed for for lawn tennis, gymnasiums, swimming pool and shuttle badminton.
They will finally have to pay extra fee from May 1 as VMC has set its eyes on sportspersons to shore up its dwindling revenue. The decision at the VMC General Body and Standing Committee meeting on Thursday has not gone well with the youth of the city. The DYFI activists staged a protest in front of IGMC stadium on Friday expressing their resentment. The sportspersons wielding the tennis racquet will pay Rs.1,000 for adults and Rs.750 for children below 12 years of age. For those playing badminton, the existing Rs.200 was hiked to Rs.400 while gymnasiums henceforth will charge Rs.200 instead of Rs.100. “Those taking a plunge at swimming pools will shell down Rs.400,” said Mr. Surendra, a corporation employee at DRR MC Indoor Stadium.
Last time the fee was revised in 1994. The power charges went up steeply and the salaries of the coaches increased. Even the maintenance charges have multiplied. “The sporting activities are witnessing poor patronage from youngsters as they are more interested in academics. By collecting more fees from youngsters, the VMC will drive away the remaining youngsters from the stadiums. The hike will affect the lower and below poverty line (BPL) families,” said Krishna District Olympic Association Secretary K.P. Rao. The corporation has also increased the users’ charges for IGMC stadium, DRR MC indoor stadium and Makineni Basavapunnaiah Stadium. The corporation will collect Rs.8,000 instead of the present Rs.5,000 for the sporting activities at IGMC stadium. At DRR municipal corporation indoor stadium, it will charge Rs.6,000 instead of the present Rs.5,000 and similarly at MBP stadium, Singhnagar, it has hiked the charges from Rs.5,000 to Rs.6,000. However there will be no change in the user charges for non-sporting activities at the three venues.
The last time the fee was revised was in 1994 The corporation has also increased the user charges for IGMC stadium
The last time the fee was revised was in 1994
The corporation has also increased the user charges for IGMC stadium