Citing security concerns, police hold back no-objection certificate; organisers remain confident
Bryan Adams fans in the city are a worried lot. With only three days to go for the rock star's February 15 concert, the Delhi Police is still to issue a no-objection certificate to organisers of the event, set to take place at the NSIC grounds in Southeast Delhi's Okhla Industrial Area.
Police have cited security concerns as the primary reason for not issuing the go-ahead to organisers. Delhi Police PRO Rajan Bhagat said, "We have rejected the application by the organisers, seeking permission for the event."
Police said organisers initially planned to sell 6,000 tickets, but exceeded the numbers. "Together with complimentary tickets and VIP passes, this would go way beyond the limit. It would be difficult to manage the event," a senior police officer said.
Southeast Delhi police had initially received a letter from the organisers, Netsurf Entertainment, requesting permission for the event. "The matter was then referred to the licensing branch of the Delhi Police, which too rejected the application citing security concerns," the officer added.
Citing problems of parking, the unsuitability of the grounds for an event of such scale, police sent a letter to the organisers on February 10. Bookings for the concert opened more than a month ago. Tickets cost Rs 2,000 in the silver category and Rs 4,000 in the gold category.
In a statement to Newsline over email, Sujit Jain, Managing Director, Netsurf Entertainment, said, "Netsurf Entertainment has followed all the processes that are required to obtain the necessary permissions and requisite certificates. We are fully cooperating with the authorities and are in the process of acquiring the no-objection certificate well in time for the concert."