With the Delhi Police planning to take over 50 community centres for security reasons before the Commonwealth Games, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to make available some temporary sites for weddings and other social functions to ensure that the public is not inconvenienced in any way.
On Wednesday HT had reported that city would face a shortage of wedding venues, as MCD would be handing the community centres over to the Delhi police ahead of the Games.
"If the police take over the centres to house paramilitary personnel for the Games, we will make some temporary arrangement to facilitate the people to hold marriages or other functions," said Subhash Arya, leader of the MCD House.
MCD officials said the community centres, all in prime areas of the city, will be occupied from August 20 to October 20 and bookings will remain suspended during that period. The Commonwealth Games will be held from October 3 to 14. More than 25 auspicious wedding dates (according to religious calendars) fall during August to October.
Arya said that the civic agency will temporarily allow holding of ceremonies in some of its parks also, if the need arises.
The Delhi High Court had banned weddings in 675 municipal parks from January this year. The 60-odd farmhouses and 100 MCD parks, which are out of the purview of the ban, will be the alternative available to those wanting to arrange weddings during that period.