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BANGALORE CLUB No. 10, Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa Road Bangalore - 560 025.

Dear Member, STATUS REPORT ON THE PROPOSED SPORTS COMPLEX At the EGMheld on March 21, 2010, the General Body passed the following resolution: Resolved that the General Committee be and is hereby authorised to incur an expenditure of up to Rs. 15.00 crores on the construction of a new Sports Complex with underground parking facility. Further resolved that an escalation of upto 10% be permitted for the project. Also resolved that the General Committee be authorised to appoint a 5 member Monitoring Committee to oversee the construction of the proposed Sports Complex through to its completion . In line with the above resolution, the General Committee 2009-10 appointed a 5 member Monitoring Committee to oversee the construction of the proposed sports complex. At initial meetings during April/May 2010, this Committee had requested the architect to: •

Incorporate suitable design changes in the proposed building. This included reducing the space provided for non-sporting activities like lounges and passages,shifting the location of the lift vis-à-vis toilet positioning, providing for shifting the laundry to the basement;

Redesign foundation specifications to provide for construction of 2 additional floors later, if required;

Provide lifts for the additional floors;

Increaseparking space to accommodate more vehicles;

Address concerns expressed on entry / exit points;

Provide details of statutory and safety compliance issues taken into consideration in the design;

Submit list and profile of consultants / professionals being engaged on the project;

Prepare a site plan and detailed schematic drawings;

Provide Bill of quantities and cost estimations.

The architect is yet to come back / comply with the above requirements. The Monitoring Committee also expressed concerns about: •

The proposed construction being too near the main road, posing a potential investment risk;

Possibility of acquisition of the surrounding area for road widening as it is in the proximity of a major intersection;

Entry / exit onto the narrow Lavelle Road close to major intersection poses potential traffic hazard;

Inefficient utilization of space resulting in higher operating costs (municipal taxes, housekeeping costs, energy costs, maintenance costs, manpower costs, refurbishment costs).

Thereafter, during the term of the interim committee the project was put on hold for about 5 months. The present General Committee took office on November 15, 2010. Immediately thereafter, the Monitoring Committee was reconstituted with the induction of the current Chairman Sports to take the matter forward. Based on the above mentioned concerns, the Monitoring Committee suggested looking at an alternate location, such as the Sports Pavilion area (where the current badminton and health club facilities are located) combined with the Bhatia Suite area. A redesign was also recommended to ensure efficient space utilisation without excluding any of the originally proposed sports facilities. This shift would ensure that all the sports facilities would be under one roof, would obviate the need to demolish the newly built laundry building and reduce the overall ground coverage, once the squash courts are moved to the new building. The Sports Complex as originally proposed, with the challenges and complexities of the issues posed above, is bound to further escalate in costs and over shoot the budget and time schedules. The alternative proposed will be designed to provide the same facilities with considerable savings in capital and recurring maintenance costs, occupy a much smaller footprint and increase green space in the Club, thereby enhancing Eco Value. The Club’s commitment to protect and preserve every inch of open space available to it requires careful examination of all viable alternatives to offer expanded services and facilities that are desperately needed, yet preserving the character of the Club and the environment. To take the matter forward expeditiously, members are requested to send their feedback on the above mentioned issuesto the Secretary, latest by 30th April. After considering the feedback received from members, a revised proposal will be presented to the General Body for approval. By Order of the General Committee,

1st April 2011

Brig. K. Satheesh (Retd.) Secretary

Tel: 22274306, EPABX: 22271374, 22272518, 40220000 Fax: (080) 22273605 / 22273223 e-mail: Website:



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