Mumbai: Bombay High Court today directed the
Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai to ensure that no
private vehicles are parked on the famous Shivaji ground in
The direction came while hearing a PIL filed by city-
based NGO Wecom trust seeking silence zone status for the
The park is known as the place where cricketer Sachin
Tendulkar cut his teeth, as well as the venue of political
During the hearing, the trust`s lawyer Virag Tulzhapurkar
said the park is meant to be a playground, and it can be
rented out only for days of national importance such as August
15 and January 26. Even such use is permitted only for total
of 30 days in a year and for maximum of 12 days at a stretch.
He said in the last one year, the park was rented out by
MCGM for various "commercial programmes" for 165 days.
For `Ramlila Mahotsav`, it was booked for 19 days. Even
for Republic Day programmes, though on paper the ground was
booked only for a day, security agencies took the possession
of the party as early as January 11, Tulzhapurkar said.
Also, the vehicles were parked on the ground during
programmes and their rut-marks spoil the ground for the next
several weeks, he said.
Seeking a reply from MCGM, a division bench comprising
Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhikari
directed it to prevent parking on the park.
Tulzhapurkar said in violation of the rules, on one
occasion the park was rented out for a `wada-pav` festival,
which was organised for promoting the popular street food.
The court directs MCGM to produce the list of 30 days in
a year when the park could be rented out or used by government
agencies for legitimate purposes.
Tulzhapurkar said on May 5 another bench of the High
Court had directed that the park be declared a `silence zone`,
as under the Noise Pollution Control Rules.
MCGM`s lawyer Geeta Joglekar said proposal in this regard
was sent to state government, which referred it to the union
Adjourning the hearing for five weeks, court sought a
reply on why rules were being flouted while permitting use of
the park for other purposes.