Mumbai, the maximum city, for what it is known, outdoor events at public spaces is nothing new. BMC is on a roll, first giving a permit for the rooftop restaurants and now faster permits for marathons, concerts and the like.

It has simplified the method to obtain civic and fire brigade permissions to host such programmes. Turns out, on Thursday, the BMC introduced a single window online clearance system to obtain permissions for outdoor programs.

As per the latest developments, under BMC’s umbrella of ease of doing business policy, applications for event permissions will be processed centrally and can be obtained within 72 hours from the time of the application.

Come to think of it, on the contrary to its previous provision, the applicant had to approach four civic departments for permissions separately including the health department, building and factory department, license department, and environment department. They can now approach the respective ward and file the application online, along with scanned copies of all requisite documents. Keeping in line with the new provision, the BMC has eliminated the need to separately apply for a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the fire brigade, which is included in the online application form.

That’s not all! Along with the single window clearance system, BMC has also simplified the fee calculation method. Apparently, the previous method mandated a physical examination of the spot demarcated for the program, in order to calculate the area of land used to conduct the event.

This procedure was followed because charges were calculated on a per square metre basis for hosting any program. This has now been stratified into three categories, i.e., charges have been fixed for programs on open spaces measuring less than 500 square meters, between 500 and 1000 square metre, and open spaces measuring more than 1000 square metre.

Post this development, events such as the annual marathon conducted in South Mumbai or public concerts, the conducting team won’t have to approach individual departments for clearance to host the program, which is a time-consuming process.

Under the umbrella of ease of doing business, BMC, quite evidently has come a long way, and its business development department earlier simplified other procedures too including, to obtain permissions for trade-related businesses, license issued by the shops and establishments department for setting up shops, license issued by the health department for eateries, and permissions issued by the building and factory department.

There is no doubt, that such practical decisions taken by such authorities will not only ease out on easy functioning for various businesses but also promote tourism to an all new level.