New Delhi: Hectic preparations were on at the Ramlila Maidan where authorities have pulled out all the stops to make the venue ready for Anna Hazare to hold his fast against corruption.

As the Hazare Team announced that they have reached an agreement with the government over the protest venue, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) deployed its employees to clean up the venue.

Earlier, the MCD officials said, neither the Delhi Police nor the Civil Society has fulfilled any formality to book Ramlila Maidan.

MCD spokesperson Deep Mathur on early Thursday morning said, “Till eight in the evening on Wednesday no one from the police or the members of the Civil Society have come up to take a formal permission to hold fast in the ground.” But on August 5 when the Civil Society was looking for options of venue to observe fast, they filed an application to MCD in this regard, he added.

The Civil Society had sought permission for using Ramlila Maidan from August 15 to August 31, informed Mathur. And according to the rates of the MCD, they had also agreed to pay Rs 5000 a day.

However, after getting the news of finalizing Ramlila Maidan for launching protest through media on Wednesday evening, the MCD officials pressed into action around two dozen sweepers for cleaning the ground.

The cleaning up mission was being monitored by Commissioner K S Mehra, who also deputed area Deputy Commissioner to the Maidan to lead the operations.

"We are working on making the ground ready for the protest as early as possible," a senior MCD official said, adding earth-movers have been deployed and sweepers engaged in clearing the mess in the ground.

Police also swung into action and conducted checks at the Maidan to ensure that no suspicious objects were there in the ground.

A senior police official said adequate number of personnel, including armed, will be deployed at the Maidan to ensure law and order.

(JPN/ Bureau/ Agencies)