BMC slaps Rs 1 crore on Saksham Cyclothon organizers

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday slapped Rs 1 crore fine on Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) for unauthorisedly erecting hoardings to organize ‘Saksham Cyclothon’ in Bhubaneswar on February 4.

The fine has been slapped for erecting hoardings without permission violating the provisions of BMC Advertisement Regulation, 2006.

“You are hereby directed to pay penalty of Rs 1 crore under regulation 10 (E) of BMC Advertisement Regulation, 2006 within 7 days from the date of issue of the notice failing which action will be initiated against you as demand paper under the provisions provided for Municipal Corporation Act, 2003,” said the BMC notice.

BMC Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Srimant Mishra has issued the notice to Debasish Ransingh, State Coordinator, PRCA.

On the other hand, the irate mob ransacked the registration counter at Kalinga Stadium here after they were denied free T-shirts and helmets for the Saksham Cyclothon.

Earlier, the organizers had announced that while there will be free entries for all categories, the participants will get free kit carrying T-shirt, Helmet, wristband and backpack.

However, all the participants have to carry their own cycle to participate in the Cyclothon.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will flag off a first of its kind premier Cyclothon event under the banner of Saksham Cyclothon at Kalinga Stadium on February 4.

Saksham Cyclothon Bhubaneswar event will be held in three categories- 33 km Elite race (men category), 22 km Elite race (women category) and 11 km rally- Green Ride (general category).