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March 03, 2017

Bombay HC-Appointed Panel Denies Permission For Building Temporary Structures Along Marine Drive

Marine Drive

While the Bombay High Court cleared the powerboat race, a committee appointed by the court denied permission for building temporary structures at Marine Drive for the event. The committee comprises a municipal commissioner, commissioner of police, and heritage committee chairman.

Reportedly, it said that “The committee was of the opinion that if this event was allowed, there could be demands for many other events on the promenade, which would restrict pedestrian movement.”

The proposed temporary structures include a jetty, a stage, and tents for medical aid. On March 1, the high court allowed an organizer, Procam International Pvt Ltd, to build a jetty, but the committee denied to give permission to build other structures along Marine Drive.

The committee heard a presentation by Procam, which is organizing the event with the Maharashtra government. Reportedly, it said that “it objected to temporary structures and LED screens on Marine Drive saying, they would restrict walking space on the promenade and cause traffic problems. The committee did not comment on proposed temporary structures at Girgaum Chowpatty.

IAS officer Arvind Reddy, co-ordinating the event, said that “We made a presentation to BMC, but we have not been told about their decision. We are positive about the outcome because we have reduced the number of structures and they will not restrict movement.”

Reddy further added that organizers needed space on the promenade for camera stands and medical facilities, among others.

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