Bombay HC directs no parking of vehicles at Shivaji Park
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Last Updated: Friday, August 06, 2010, 00:46
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 central Mumbai.

The direction came while hearing a PIL filed by city- based NGO Wecom trust seeking silence zone status for the park.

The park is known as the place where cricketer Sachin Tendulkar cut his teeth, as well as the venue of political rallies.

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.


First Published: Friday, August 06, 2010, 00:46

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