With organisers busy in civic tangle, MCG to host Raahgiri

  • Mohit Sharma, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: May 05, 2014 11:59 IST

In a major setback to the organisers of the popular weekly event, Raahgiri, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has decided to organise its own version of the gala this Sunday.

After being served a show cause notice by the administration, the organisers have decided to skip the event until all necessary permissions required for hosting it are procured. However, after a late turn of events, the MCG commissioner claimed that if the organisers have backed out, the corporation will organise the event itself.

“While the organisers have backed out, the MCG will make sure that the citizens are not disappointed and we will carry out our own version of Raahgiri, although the event will not have any private advertisements,” said Praveen Kumar, the MCG commissioner.

The event which promotes active commuting and an eco-friendly mode of transport recently came under the scanner of the administration after the MCG sent notices to the organisers, seeking copies of the approval permissions and account details.

“We will meet the authorities and clarify with them and if necessary we will seek other permissions also,” said one of the organisers.

However, according to officials, as per the four-page notice served to the organisers, they are yet to obtain the mandatory permissions, including the NOCs from the MCG and the district administration. “After thorough checks, it was brought to our notice that apart from other permissions, even the fire department NOC is also yet to be procured by the organisers,” said Kumar.

The corporation has also suggested a committee which will have representation from all four administrations of Gurgaon — the police, the civic body, the Haryana Urban Development Authority and the district administration and will be headed jointly by the deputy commissioner and the MCG commissioner.

Meanwhile, police commissioner Alok Mittal said, “We had given route permissions to the organisers after thorough recce of the area. Only traffic-related permissions were given by the police department.”

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