The civic body has decided to waive a bill of Rs 1.88 crore that it had raised for providing facilities for the 2009 Mumbai marathon, but it will not provide any extra facilities for the 2012 edition of the marathon as the organiser is not willing to foot the bill.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will also, for the first time, restrict the event organiser, Procam International Ltd, from using its emblem on hoarding and banners henceforth. "We will not provide extra facilities for the event as we are not part of it," said Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner. "They also cannot use the civic body's emblem."
The eighth edition of the marathon, which was first held in the city in 2004, is scheduled on January 15, 2012; all participants have to pay a fee of Rs 600.
The BMC's 2009 bill included repairing roads, painting footpath corners and arranging for disaster management and medical teams on the route. "Procam was not treating Rs 1.88 crore as an outstanding bill as it is not outstanding. The BMC raised the bill and we appealed to them that roads and footpaths are its assets and maintaining them is part of its job. So they can't recover money for repairs," said Vivek Singh, joint managing director, Procam. "I can't react about not using the BMC's emblem as we have not received any instruction."
Following directives from the state government, the civic administration had proposed waiving the bill in 2010, but the BMC's Shiv Sena-BJP ruling combine had objected. However, now the combine has decided it will pass the proposal in the standing committee meeting, to be held on Wednesday.
"It is not correct to recover money against providing facilities for the event," said Ashish Shelar, a BJP leader in the BMC.
Congress leaders said the BMC had no business charging the organiser as it had not intimated them about raising such a bill. "It's the BMC's duty to keep the city roads and footpaths clean on a regular basis," said Sameer Desai, Congress corporator and member of the standing committee.
Rahul Shewale, chairman of the committee, said: "The issue will be discussed at the meeting and the committee will take the final decision."
The BMC has not raised bill for the 2010 and 2011 editions.