BMC has drafted a detailed and strict policy to grant permissions to use civic grounds for non-sport events.
Earlier,political and other organisations could pre-book grounds throughout the year. Now,they will have to take permissions every month.
Earlier,there was no advance payment to use BMC grounds. Also,an organisation could pre-book and block grounds at the beginning of a year, said an official.
He said whenever several organisations demand a particular ground the same day,BMC would draw lots.
Under the new policy,officials have been directed to revoke prior permissions granted for this year. This is a good move as many organisations pre-book a ground and deny others an opportunity to use it, said Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.
Under Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act,the state government has the power to allow non-sport activities on playgrounds for 30 days in a year.
Parties have been demanding BMC decide the days.
A tussle is going on between the government and BMC with both trying to shift the responsibility. At present,one has to approach Bombay High Court for permission to use civic grounds for non-sport events.