Religious structure cannot be built on residential plot: Gujarat HC

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has ruled that 'religious' building cannot be constructed on land meant for residential purpose without permission from a competent authority of the Municipal Corporation.

The order was passed by Justice RR Tripathi last week while hearing a petition of one Jagdish Dave living in Vasantkunj Society here, objecting to a trust using residential property in the society for religious purpose and constructing a Jain temple on a plot in the same society.

Dave had moved High Court against Ratnayatri Aradhana Bhavan Trust which was using sub-plot 42 of Vasantkunj Society, where the petitioner resides, as 'Aaradhana Bhavan' (prayer hall) and constructing Jain Temple over sub-plot 46 of the same society, without any permission or getting any plan sanctioned from the AMC.

"The building which is constructed by obtaining the permission for residential purpose, cannot be used as a 'religious building' unless requirements provided are satisfied and permission is sought from the competent authority of the Corporation," court observed in its order.