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AAP slams Delhi civic body's new policy charging Rs 2 lakh to film around Ghazipur landfill

India Today logo India Today 27-09-2021 Pankaj Jain

A political row has erupted over the East Delhi Municipal Corporation's new film policy, which will charge filmmakers Rs 2 lakh a day for shooting in and around the infamous Ghazipur landfill site.

At the same time, the EDMC will charge around Rs 75,000 for filming in any other locations in east Delhi, less than half the rate for the Ghazipur landfill. In addition to this, the civic body must be paid Rs 25,000 as security deposit and Rs 10,000 as registration fee.

The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has slammed the move by the BJP-headed municipal corporation, accusing it of defaming Delhi all over the world.

"The Ghazipur landfill site is not just a mountain of garbage but a mountain of shame for Delhi. Now the corporation will charge fees for shooting films on the mountain of trash, which clearly shows that the BJP-ruled municipal corporation is taking such a step to defame the people of Delhi and Indian politics," said AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj.

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The AAP leader laid down the condition that after a film be shot close to the Ghazipur landfill, the scenes with the mountain of trash should carry a disclaimer saying "the credit of this garbage mountain goes to the BJP-ruled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)".

"Because otherwise, it will bring disrepute to the Delhi government," said Saurabh Bhardwaj.

He also hit out at east Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir for not contributing to reduce the height of the trash mountain at Ghazipur. The central government, too, did not contribute any funds for the reduction of the landfill's towering stack of garbage, claimed the AAP MLA. Instead, the major part of it was borne by the Delhi government, and a smaller part by the MCD.

"Besides, the Corporation can earn crores of rupees by putting up hoardings, but it is a strange thing that the BJP wants to earn Rs 2 lakh from the mountain of garbage," jibed Bhardwaj.

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Meanwhile, the EDMC has issued a statement saying the new film policy will bring in revenue to the civic body and also provide publicity to the many attractions in east Delhi through electronic and digital media like films, TV shows, and web series. Previously, there was no such policy in place and filmmakers could shoot free of charge.

EDMC Mayor Shyam Sundar Agarwal has already approved the new film policy under Ease of Doing Business. A centralised window system is in the works where filmmakers can request online permission for filming. The Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation is the nodal agency for this.

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