The organisers of the Mumbai Marathon will have a free run on the Bandra Worli sea link once again this year. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation has decided to waive the Rs 20 lakh fee that it charges for allowing activity on the sea link.
“We wont be charging any money. MSRDC will be a co sponsor for the event,” MSRDC vice chairman and managing director Bipin Shrimali said.
The corporation has been charging Rs 20 lakh as fees from corporates who would like to use the Sea link for promotional purpose. The money is collected as compensation for the toll collection which gets disturbed due to the holding of any activity on the sea link.
However, the MSRDC has for the last two years not been waiving off the fees for the organisers of the Mumbai Marathon.
“The marathon is being held to raise money for charity. It would be inappropriate to charge money for such an endevour," a senior MSRDC official said.
Traffic on the sea link will however not be allowed when the marathon takes place.
MSRDC officials claim that being a co-sponsor for the event will also help the branding of MSRDC.
The route of the 42.195 kilometre marathon starts from CST and goes till Bandra through the sea link. The runners follow the same alignment on their way back.
MSRDC officials have however said that they have asked the organisers of the Marathon to ensure that the sea link is cleaned up after the Marathon finishes.
Barring the Mumbai Marathon MSRDC had last shut down the sea link in September 2009 when David Coulthard had revved a Formula 1 car on the sea link. MSRDC had then charged Rs 20 lakh from the organisers.