Trivandrum: The much hyped news about India's only F1 driver Narain Kathikeyan's performance in the city has been officially cancelled as on Friday. A meeting called by the Tourism Department on Friday failed to come up with any conclusive compromise. The organisers had earlier informed the Tourism Minister that a decision had to be made before Friday, lest the event gets cancelled. The event had created quite a buzz among city folks especially with the younger generation.
Even though concerns were raised about safety and the event’s legality the Minister for Tourism, A P Anil Kumar, assured the organisers earlier this week that the event would take place on Aug 28.. However, the department couldn't come to terms with conducting the event even by last evening.
“They have said that the show could be held during the Emerging Kerala global investor meet that's to be held in Kochi next month,” said Jose Pottamkulam, one of the organisers, while talking to Yentha.
The event which was to be conducted with a revised budget of Rs. 30 lakhs, now brings losses of several thousands to the organisers and the various teams that were to have been a part of the event, including the stunt team of Ghost Ryderz.
“We have been holding the crew and the equipments here at a high rent for all these days counting on the assurance given by the Tourism Minister. It's very unfortunate; we were looking forward to perform in front of our hometown crowd,” says Mikhil, founder-member of Ghost Ryderz.
Since the Emerging Kerala meet is to be held at Kochi, naturally it won't make any sense to hold the event in Trivandrum. So, the capital city stands to lose a major crowd-pulling event to Kochi. By having succeeded in making a handful of private citizens turn away an innovative idea and further thrusting them with losses for the efforts they took, Kerala marches confidently into the Emerging Kerala global investor meet, where it hope to lure in prospective investors to help modernise the state.
But Karthikeyan won't be driving the F1 car in Kochi either.“The Formula 1 season is over; we would be trying to bring in a GP2 series car, which is almost similar to a F1 car,” Jose said.
As everything gets back to square one for yet another time in the city, the ones heaving the silent sigh of relief are the corporation authorities. Karthikeyan's event would have been a huge crowd puller but considering the present status of the waste crisis, the tons of litter and waste left behind could have been too much for the corporation to handle in a single day.