Recently, the civic administration had submitted a compromise deed and had agreed to let the club continue with the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) contract. When contacted, civic administrator Astik Kumar Pandey refused to comment on the issue that has been marred with controversies for a while.
This was the first swimming pool club to be given on BOT for a period of 90 years. The club started around 2007 and the tendering process was completed only in 2011.
On the night of July 1, 2015, the special branch of Aurangabad city police raided the club and found that an illegal hookah parlour was being operated there.
The then mayor, along with some corporators and anti-encroachment squad officials, visited the club and found that some construction was carried out without prior permission from the civic body. This was followed by the then civic commissioner Prakash Mahajan scrapping the BOT agreement.
The decision, however, was challenged by the BOT operator before the district court and then the high court. The HC had said the corporation court is the appropriate authority to deal with the case.
Eventually, due to series of technical as well as legal flaws, the civic body lost the case in the corporation court in December 2019. This was followed by civic body filing an appeal before the district court.
During the same time, several corporators, activists as well as the then mayor made a written representation citing that the contesting of cases is leading to loss of revenue for the civic body. Taking a considerate view, the civic body agreed to the demand and filed a compromise deed before the district court.
However, a section of politicians raked up the issue and started making allegations against the civic authorities for filing a compromise deed. As a result, the civic body decided to not to go ahead with the compromise deed.