Mayor’s bun­ga­low plot not right for the Bal Thack­eray me­mo­rial: Com­mit­tee

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: A com­mit­tee ap­pointed by the state to study where the Bal Thack­eray me­mo­rial can be built had told the gov­ern­ment in its re­port that the Mayor’s Bun­ga­low plot was not suit­able and that the gov­ern­ment should choose the plot next to it, the BMC gymkhana.

This com­mit­tee, headed by the then civic chief, had also said the land should be al­lo­cated to a pub­lic trust, and not a fam­ily trust as de­manded by the Shiv Sena.

On Tues­day, the state gov­ern­ment an­nounced a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial to the Sena’s founder will be built at the Shivaji Park plot on which the mayor’s bun­ga­low stands. Just days af­ter this an­nounce­ment, se­nior state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials feel the hur­dles to al­lot­ting that plot for the me­mo­rial are many, among them coastal reg­u­la­tion zone rules, her­itage struc­ture reg­u­la­tions and a 2014 Supreme Court rul­ing that pro­hibits gov­ern­ments from al­lot­ting gov­ern­ment plots for memo­ri­als.

Al­though the site fi­nalised by the state was one of eight short-listed by a high-pow­ered com­mit­tee, headed by chief sec­re­tary Swad­heen Ksha­triya, the com­mit­tee was clear when it listed the hin­drances in de­vel­op­ing the me­mo­rial at the bun­ga­low.

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