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Members of the Hubli Sports Ground Bachao Samiti staging a protest outside the office of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation in Hubli on Wednesday.
Members of the Hubli Sports Ground Bachao Samiti staging a protest outside the office of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation in Hubli on Wednesday.

Members of the Hubli Sports Ground Bachao Samiti held a demonstration outside the office of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation here on Wednesday, condemning the alleged delay in taking action against the violations with regard to the controversial recreation club coming up on the playground at Deshpande Nagar.

The protesters, led by president of the samiti C.B.L. Hegde, first staged a dharna outside the office of the Municipal Commissioner complaining that he had not taken the issue seriously.

They alleged that although the opposition to the proposed recreation club was mounting, the Municipal Commissioner had not conducted a spot inspection of the ground to know the extent of violations.

After the samiti threatened to launch an agitation against the corporation, the officials sent a showcause notice to the Karnataka Gymkhana Association seeking reply on Tuesday, which clearly showed the kind of seriousness they were having on the issue, the members said.

Mr. Hegde alleged that although several violations had been pointed out, no action had been taken by the officials concerned.

The protesters also took out a march to the main gate of the corporation and held a demonstration for a few minutes, raising slogans seeking steps to save the public playground.

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