Marathoners may have an entirely new route next year.
Before giving permission to conduct the event on the same route this year, the state
government has taken a letter of consent from the marathon organisers, Procam International, asking them not to object if the marathon route needs to be changed next year.
The traffic police had, this year, suggested an alternative route via Regal Cinema-P D’Mello Road-Wadala-Five Gardens as it has comparatively less traffic and could help ease traffic congestion and reduce security risks. However, organisers and the state government rejected the proposed route saying due to paucity of time, rescheduling the route was not possible.
The current route for the eighth edition of the marathon on January 16 will be from CST to Bandra via the Bandra-Worli sea link.
“Before giving permission for the event this year, we have taken an undertaking from the organisers that they won’t object to the change in route next year,” the letter from the state government’s home department said.
Meanwhile, replying to the traffic police’s proposal to change the route, the organisers replied saying the proposed route could showcase the weaker parts of the city.
“The event results in complete chaos on arterial roads. Several diversions have to be made which leads to inconvenience to commuters,” an official from the traffic department said.
Vivek Singh, joint managing director, Procam International, said, “The state government has been fair to us, so if the need to have a route change is felt for the better, we will glad to subscribe to it. The state government is the final authority.”
Officials from the traffic department are going to insist that organisers pay the money needed for providing bandobast for that day in advance.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will not be beautifying the route owning to the pending dues of Rs 1.8 crore, which the civic body claimed it spent on painting and resurfacing roads, and on licence fees for hoardings.