Participants and regular visitors to the popular Raahgiri event are doubtful about its future after it was taken over by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).
The suspension of the event, which is now more than 22 weeks old, came after the administration claimed that the organisers lacked proper permissions to carry it out.
Although, according to the residents, while the legal permissions were required and are necessary for any public event, such drastic steps by the administration can’t be justified.
“Legal permissions and no objection certificate are a must for any event, at the same time, there was no need for such drastic steps to be taken by the administrations,” said SP Yadav, president, Palam Vihar RWA.
Participants claim that while it’s good that the event has not been scrapped altogether, they are miffed with the delay in the show cause notice by the MCG to the organisers.
“Why did the authorities decide to send notices to the organisers after 22 weeks into the event?” said Rachna Bhalla, a resident of Sushant Lok.
Residents further allege that while the MCG might have taken over the event, it would not be able to organise the event on the same scale like the previous organisers.
“The previous organisers had a corporate style of working and it showed in their work. The MCG should concentrate on the degrading infrastructure of the city instead,” said Dinesh Yadav, a resident of Sector 29.