The Maharashtra government is set to make made Rs3.40 crore in entertainment tax from Canadian pop star Justin Bieber’s concert at DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday evening. The show was organised by a Delhi-based event management firm, White Fox.
“We had taken Rs3.07 crore in advance, as we knew that at least 35,000 people would be attending the concert. However, the turnout was higher. The organisers will have to pay at least Rs33 lakh more,” said an official from Thane district collectorate office.
Navi Mumbai police commissioner Hemant Nagrale told HT that 40,000 people from abroad and across India attended the concert. The police had taken Rs15 lakh in advance for security arrangements.
Tushar Doshi, deputy commissioner of police (special branch), said, “We charged Rs2,000 per constable and Rs2,500 for every officer deployed at the concert. About 700 police personnel, including 30 officers, were on deployed on that day. We are yet to calculate the expenses. A bill will be sent to the organisers soon. It is tough to recover money once the event is over, which is why we took some amount before the show.”