Hazare stir cut short but MMRDA says no policy of refund

The city’s development authority on Tuesday told the India Against Corruption that it cannot refund any part of the total rent paid for its protest at the Bandra-Kurla Complex ground,after the three-day protest was cut short by a day.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 4, 2012 1:36 am

The city’s development authority on Tuesday told the India Against Corruption (IAC) that it cannot refund any part of the total rent paid for its protest at the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) ground,after the three-day protest was cut short by a day.

IAC representatives had a second meeting with officials from the MMRDA to request for a refund of about Rs 1.90 lakh,but the authority said it was not a part of its policy,there was no precedence and they didn’t want to set one in this regard by granting a refund to them.

“We told them we have not granted refunds to any party in the past and if we make an exception now,other parties may start demanding refunds too,” said Deputy Metropolitan Commissioner Anil Wankhede,who is also in-charge of MMRDA’s land cell. “They were reasonable about our decision and accepted it.”

The IAC had booked the ground for three days,starting December 27,and paid Rs 7.78 lakh and a refundable security deposit of Rs 5.29 lakh. However,the protest eneded on December 28 after Anna Hazare broke his two-day fast due to poor health.

On December 30,the IAC approached the MMRDA for a refund of the amount paid for the third day. “Our volunteers also requested refund of the deposit of Rs 2,18,000 with the fire department,” said IAC member Preeti Sharma Menon. “For the fire engine rent,the department said they will refund part of the Rs 1,35,000 fee charged for three days. The exact figure will be communicated to us shortly.”

The MMRDA will refund the IAC’s security deposit within seven days,she added.

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