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Shivaji Park issue, BMC reply sought by Bombay HC


HC is hearing locals’ plea that the civic body has taken over the park for Ambedkarites

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to file a reply in response to a petition by Shivaji Park residents who alleged that the civic body has taken over the possession of the park. The BMC has taken the possession to construct a temporary stage and pandals for the millions of followers who would come on December 6 to Chaitya Bhumi at Shivaji Park. These millions of followers of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar come from across the country to this area to mark the death anniversary of their leader.

The petition filed by Wecom Trust alleged that the BMC has failed to implement the Government Resolution (GR) issued in January this year. The petition contended that the government through its GR had categorically stated that the BMC can start the preparations for December 6 event only from December 1; but this year the civic body has started its preparations since November 22.

The petitioners sought an action on the civic body for its failure to implement the GR in its actual sense. The GR was issued by the government after the directions of HC.

After hearing the submissions of the petitioner’s lawyer, the bench presided over by Justice Vidyasagar Kanade and Justice Nutan Sardesai directed the BMC to file a reply on December 1.

The bench also said that the petitioners have delayed in approaching the court as the civic body has already started its work since a week before.