SC moved to restrain Maya govt from further construction at Kanshiram memorial

New Delhi: An application was moved in the Supreme Court today seeking to restrain the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh from carrying out further construction on the 195-acre old jail complex for expanding the Kanshiram memorial structure.

The application filed by advocate Sangam Lal Pandey urged the apex court to constitute a special team to probe the alleged construction made in violation of the earlier assurances given by the state.

The applicant alleged that contrary to an earlier assurance to the apex court, the state government, instead of converting the jail premises as an "eco park", felled about 8000 trees and modified three big ponds to suit the requirements of the memorial coming up at the adjacent 60-acre land in the heart of the city.

It was further alleged that the state also did not obtain the mandatory permission from the pollution control board for felling the trees.

According to the petitioner, on July 8, 2009, the government had given an undertaking that it will use the 195- acre jail premises for exclusive use of developing an "eco park" but the same is now being violated by felling trees and carrying out other modification works.

The proposed construction of Kanshiram memorial is being made at a cost of Rs 500 crore. It was alleged that the state government was attempting to merge the 195-acre land with the 60 acres being used for construction of the Kanshiram Smarak Sthal.