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Public notice: Call off Aug to Oct weddings

If you have planned your wedding between August and October and have booked a community hall run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for the function, better check with the civic body, reports Neelam Pandey.

delhi Updated: Aug 14, 2010 00:43 IST
Neelam Pandey

If you have planned your wedding between August and October and have booked a community hall run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for the function, better check with the civic body.

You might just land up at a military barracks or a sports training venue on the big day. That is because 60 community centres will serve as temporary accommodation for the paramilitary forces that will arrive in Delhi to guard the CW Games, and MCD has forgotten to tell this to people while taking the payment to book these halls for weddings and social functions.

The MCD has handed over 49 community halls to Delhi police and is planning to hand over 11 community centres to Sports Authority of India (SAI).

Jagdish Mamgain, Chairman, MCD's works committee, said the civic body has got nearly 400 bookings for weddings in the 60-odd community halls that have already been given out to paramilitary forces and SAI.

Om Prakash, a Kotla Mubarkpur resident, had booked a hall for his daughter's wedding on October 12. With the wedding venue gone, he says, "I have printed the cards and informed everyone about the wedding. What I am going to do?"

Bharat Bhushan Bhutan, a resident of East Delhi's Geeta Colony, has postponed his son's wedding. "The MCD is still skirting the issue. They are not telling us clearly if the venue will be available or not." Bhutan had booked the venue in April.

"When I got to know about it and asked the officials, they told me not to allow booking of any community halls between August 15 and October 15. But they have not informed people who made advance bookings," said Mamgain

"Even the councilors have not been informed about which community halls can't be booked. There is bound to be confusion. To top it all up they are now saying no bookings were made in these halls," he added.

A community hall can be booked a year in advance whereas the civic body blocked the booking of the community halls and reserved them for the Games just two months back. The MCD says this is a major reason for the confusion.

"The SAI has not yet confirmed if they will need the halls. Even if they do, we will allow those who have booked the halls to hold their functions," said Deep Mathur, director press and information, MCD.

Delhiites already face a shortage of venues to hold weddings as the Delhi High Court had banned weddings in nearly 675 municipal parks from January. Delhiites can now organise weddings at the 60-odd farmhouses and 100 MCD parks.