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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday observed that the Dadar-based Shivaji Park has become a ‘dumping ground’ due to continuous festivals and events.

The observation came from a division bench headed by Justice Vidyasagar Kanade while hearing a motion moved by the Shivaji Park Gymkhana. The Gymkhana owners had approached the bench seeking permission to use the Park for a sports-cum-entertainment event on December 25 and a party on the New Year’s Eve.

After hearing the submissions made by the counsel appearing for the Gymkhana, the bench said, “We do not understand why people want to organise their events in Shivaji Park, it has become a dumping ground due to continuous events and festivals.”

The bench slammed the organisers saying, “If we grant permission to you, then there would be a long queue outside the court for such permissions. Everyone wants to arrange their birthday parties, religious festivals, shopping festivals at Shivaji Park.”

The bench also pulled up the Maharashtra government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for non-compliance with its previous orders pertaining to Noise Pollution.

The bench said, “It seems there is a competition between religious communities. At 5 o’clock in the morning the Mosques will start with their Azaans followed by Temples playing the Aarti or mantras by seven or eight in the morning.”

“The nearby residents have to bear the brunt. They get stressed with continuous high levels of noise around them. But no one is worried for them, the government and Corporation are just busy in elections and votes,” the bench added.

The bench has kept the matter for further hearing on Friday.

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