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Gym owners move High Court for reopening; appeal for waiver on property tax, electricity bills and GST

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Appeal made for waiver on property tax, electricity bills and GST to help the owners survive the losses incurred


Frustrated by the continued clamp down on gymnasiums, which has already driven a few owners of such facilities to suicide and also evoked many a protest across the state, to no avail, a bunch of city based gym owners, trainers and lawyers, on Thursday moved Bombay High Court, demanding the reopening of these health and recreation centres.

The petition has also urged the court to instruct the state government to waive all pending property taxes, electricity bills and GST incurred by these beleaguered centres. The petition has been moved by Satish Gaikwad, president of Republican Party of India (I), gymnasium owner, Prasanna Kamble, fitness lovers — Kranti Sahane, Swapnil Girme and Suraj Jadhav and a few others.



Drawing attention to the impact the closure of these fitness centres has had on the lives of their owners, the petition pointed out, “The closure of the gyms and fitness centres since March across Maharashtra, has put the lives of people running them at stake, causing them immense anxiety and stress. The continued atmosphere of confusion and rumours may lead to more suicides. Reopening the gyms will only increase the immunity of people and help them fight the deadly virus.”

Speaking on their plight, Kamble, who runs a gym at Ambegaon, explained, “Many gyms have been sent exorbitant power bills, despite remaining shut through the lockdown. The government must waive property tax, GST and the electricity bills for the time the gyms have been closed without any business. The owners are already being weighed down by EMIs, rent and other expenses.”

“We are expecting the writ petition to be heard next week. We’ve emphasised that due to the lockdown and loss of income amidst rising liabilities, many gym owners have been forced to change course, as breadwinners of their families. If liquor shops can resume, why not gymnasiums?” asked Tosif Shaikh, advocate representing the petitioners

Confusion and rumours may lead to more suicides. Reopening the gyms will only increase the immunity of people and help them fight the deadly virus

—The petition



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