The hindustantimes.com is reporting on the bureaucracy that has been in the way of this weekend’s Nexa P1 Powerboat – Indian Grand Prix of the Sea.
After the Bombay high court paved the way for the races to run yesterday, Court Justice’s VM Kanade and PR Bora dressed down the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis and and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for refusing to grant permission until the last minute over the proposed construction of a few temporary event structures along the sea front.
Justice Kanade said;
The whole of Mumbai hosts extensive unauthorised construction.
But, one international event and the construction of a temporary structures for just two days makes the BMC suddenly conscious of its responsibilities.
He also questioned why Mumbai should be deprived of such an event, one that is likely to generate tourism and said the conduct of the Chief Minister was ‘shocking’.
Schedule of events:
March 3 (Day 1)
Mandatory practice run -1:15 pm to 1:45 pm
Qualifying sessions – 2 pm to 5 pm
March 4 (Day 2)
Parade lap – 2 pm
Race 1 – 2:15 pm to 3 pm
Mandatory Gap – 3 pm to 4 pm
Race 2 – 4 pm to 4:45 pm
March 5 (Day 3)
Free Practice Run – 2 pm
Parade Lap -2:45 pm
Grand Finale – 3 pm to 4 pm
Podium Presentation – 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.