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Team Anna yet to get permissions

Organisers have still not received no objection certificates from the civic body, fire brigade and police department for the Dec 27 agitation.

mumbai Updated: Dec 25, 2011 01:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

While citizens seem all set to participate in the agitation for a strong lokpal bill from December 27, Team Anna is racing against time. Reason: they are yet to obtain the no objection certificates (NOCs) from the authorities concerned, a prerequisite for an agitation.

More than 50,000 people are expected to participate in the three-day fast to be held at the MMRDA grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex. To address the volunteers, the team plans to erect a temporary stage and pandals. But to do so, the team ought to get an NOC from the civic body, for which they haven’t applied as yet. “We have not received any application from them,” said Manish Pimpale, assistant municipal commissioner, H-east ward.

The fire brigade department has received an application from the organisers asking for standby fire engines and tankers. The clearance hasn’t been given as the department is to conduct an audit of the ground. “With an application, the organisers normally submit detailed drawings of the ground, size of the stage, number of entry and exit points. If there is any flaw, we ask them to rectify it. After this, they are given an NOC. A day before the event, the ground is inspected for the implementation of suggestions. A compliance letter is issued after the inspection,” said a senior fire brigade official.

Based on the letter from the fire department, the police issues an NOC. “We have received a request asking for permission to hold a protest at the MMRDA grounds. A decision would be taken soon,” said Manohar Dalvi, spokesperson, Mumbai police.

“We have applied for all the mandatory permissions. Everything will be in place by Monday afternoon,” said Preeti Sharma, co-ordinator, India Against Corruption, the NGO spearheading the campaign.

First Published: Dec 25, 2011 01:11 IST